VERBS NORMALLY FOLLOWED BY A NOUN + THE INFINITIVE
B. These are the most common of the verbs that are normally followed by a noun + infinitive. The verbs marked * may also be followed by a ‘that-clause‘.
to buy some eggs.
that I had to buy some eggs.
* command, direct, entreat, implore, order, require, trust:
there is no noun between these verbs and a ‘that-clause’:
- The general commanded his men to surrender.
- The general commanded that his men should surrender.
persuade and remind:
there is always a noun between these verbs and a ‘that-clause’:
- You can’t persuade people to buy small cars.
- You can’t persuade people that small cars are better.
instruct, teach, warn:
the noun is optional between these verbs and a ‘that-clause’:
- She taught her students to appreciate poetry.
- She taught her students that poetry was valuable.
- She taught that poetry was valuable.
- The professor challenged his students to argue with his theory.
- This law empowers the government to charge more taxes.
- You can’t force me to do something I don’t agree with.
- You are obliged to drive on the left in England.
- I invited the new student to have dinner with me.
- What inspired you to write this poem?
- The elephant told the mouse to climb up his tail.