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Complementation of infinitival NPs

There are two types of infinitives: ordinary infinitives and gerundial infinitives. An ordinary infinitive may not be nominalised, though it can occur in argument position. A gerundial infinitive may be nominalised before or after a complement has been attached to it. This entails that an argument to a nominalised infinitive may be licensed either as a complement to a verb or as a complement to a noun. It also entails the following: in case there are two arguments to be licensed, it cannot be the case that the lower argument is licensed as a nominal argument and the higher arguments as a verbal argument. All other options are allowed (see complementation of gerundial infinitives).


More details about the complementation of infinitival Noun Phrases (NPs) can be found by following the corresponding links: