Unit 54. Verb + (object) + to … (I want (you) to do etc.)
(глагол + object + infinitive)
These verbs are followed by to… (infinitive). The structure can be:
|verb + to…||or||verb + object + to…|
Be careful with want. Do not say ‘want that…’:
Do you want me to come with you? (not ‘Do you want that I come’)
After help you can use the infinitive with or without to. So you can say:
Can you help me to move this table? or Can you help me move this table?
These verbs have the structure verb + object + to…:
Can you remind me to phone Ann tomorrow?
Who taught you to drive?
I didn't move the piano by myself. I got somebody to help me.
Jim said the switch was dangerous and warned me not to touch it.
In the next example, the verb is passive (was warned):
I was warned not to touch the switch.
Note that you cannot use suggest with the structure verb + object + to…:
Jane suggested that I should buy a car. (not ‘Jane suggested me to buy’)
There are two possible structures after these verbs. Compare:
|verb + -ing (without an object)||verb + object + to…|
Compare these examples with (be) allowed (passive):
Make and let
These verbs have the structure verb + object + infinitive (without to):
The customs officer made Sally open her case. (not ‘to open’)
Hot weather makes me feel tired. (= causes me to feel tired)
Her parents wouldn't let her go out alone. (= wouldn't allow her to go out)
Let me carry your bag for you.
We say ‘make somebody do…’ (not ‘to do’), but the passive is ‘(be) made to do…’ (infinitive with to):
Sally was made to open her case (by the customs officer).
Tell/ask see Unit 47.
Verb + -ing see Unit 52.
Verb + to … see Unit 53.