[In the following examples, the infinitive is bold and the infinitive phrase is underlined.]
- Even in New York, fans did not manage to buy the hype.
- TO BUY is the direct object of the verb DID MANAGE. THE HYPE is the object of the infinitive.
- The seemingly simple decision to appoint a Democrat caused controversy.
- TO APPOINT is an adjective modifying DECISION. A DEMOCRAT is the object of the infinitive.
- The gap provides a way to give Democratic candidates an edge in close elections
- TO GIVE is an adjective modifying WAY. The object of the infinitive is CANDIDATES.
- The respondents believe their neighbors are willing to vote for a woman.
- TO VOTE is an adverb modifying the predicate adjective WILLING.
- Two nonprofit organizations from opposite sides of the political
spectrum plan to release a report blasting 25 Army Corps of Engineers water projects.
- TO RELEASE is the direct object of the verb PLAN. REPORT is the object of the infinitive. FYI: BLASTING is a participle modifying REPORT.
- The corps has been trying to recast itself in a more ecosensitive light.
- TO RECAST is the direct object of the verb HAS BEEN TRYING. ITSELF ( a reflexive pronoun) is the object of the infinitive.
- Now Congress has to decide whether it wants to continue to be part of the problem, or if it wants to be part of the solution.
- TO CONTINUE is the direct object of the verb WANTS. TO BE the object of the infinitive TO CONTINUE. PART is the object of the infinitive TO BE.