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i have a question about the sentence below.

"Mike had too much to drink"

could you please tell me what kind of sentences structure is that sentence above??? what kind of verb did the author use????

thanks

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Ramtinwhat kind of sentence structure

too much means an excessive amount.

too much wine ~ an excessive amount of wine
too much money ~ an excessive amount of money

In the context of drinking, too much by itself means too much alcohol (too many alcoholic drinks).


After an expression like too much (something), you can have an infinitive (to drink, to eat, to do, ...). The preceding noun acts as the object of the infinitive.

1) too much work to do (do work)
2) too much damage to repair (repair damage)
3) too much information to absorb (absorb information)

In these structures the active infinitive acts as a passive infinitive, thus:

1) too much work to be done (that must be done)
2) too much damage to be repaired (that must be repaired)
3) too much information to be absorbed (that must be absorbed)

The paraphrase of such expressions goes like this:

1) so much work that it cannot all be done
2) so much damage that it cannot all be repaired
3) so much information that it cannot all be absorbed


The shortest way of explaining "Mike had too much to drink" is to say it means "Mike drank too much (alcohol)".

CJ