"In response to the growing pressure from people living in developing countries to be allowed to migrate and work in developed countries many governments have now imposed harsh restrictions on immigration."

I wonder what kind of clause of the bold part? I found a similar sentence in another website:here

But I'm not sure that it's a complement clause. Please help me solve this problem

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    It's not a sentence. It doesn't make sense, and the part you have underlined is a fragment noun phrase. Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 6:42
  • @michael_timofeev, I mean the quote part is a sentence. And the bold part is a clause.
    – Sour Tofu
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 1:37
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    Well, after your question was edited, it makes sense. Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 1:39

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Yes, it's a complement clause. "[people] to be allowed to migrate ..." is the complement of the verb "press", so the underlying construction is a sentence "[people] press [authorities] to allow them to migrate ...". The complement clause was passivized. Then, this sentence has been nominalized by converting the verb "press" into the derived noun "pressure".

I don't claim to understand the details. It's a complicated example. I don't see how to fit "growing" into the structure, though it's clear that it has the sense of an adverb "more and more" modifying "press".

  • Except it's not a sentence. Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 5:12
  • @EdwinAshworth, I was answering the question that was asked.
    – Greg Lee
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 6:57
  • @EdwinAshworth After the edit, it is now a valid sentence. Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 3:58
  • @Greg Lee, there's a comma between "countries", "many governments".
    – Sour Tofu
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 1:41
  • Yes, that's a nice place for a comma. When I read it aloud, I pause there.
    – Greg Lee
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 2:33

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