Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 37 The infinitive clause in reports

How do we report imperative sentences?
Can we use other reporting verbs as well?

Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 37 The infinitive clause in reports (1)

  • We normally report imperative sentences using ask/tell as the reporting verb. The reported clause is an infinitive clause.
  • We may use other verbs such as request, order, warn, advise, and command depending on the nature of the imperative sentences.
  • When we report offers, orders, intentions, requests etc, we can use an infinitive clause.
  • Some verbs are followed by an object + to infinitive. They include advise, ask, command, compel, encourage, expect, instruct, invite, order, persuade, recommend, request, tell, urge and warn.
  •  Some verbs can’t be followed by an object before a to infinitive clause. They include agree, demand, guarantee, hope, offer, promise, swear, threaten, volunteer and vow.
  •  Some verbs take either a that clause or a to infinitive clause. They include agree, demand, expect, guarantee, hope, promise, propose, request and vow.

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