rapid population increases drive the search for more productivity.

What is the function of "for more productivity"? is it a complement or an adverbial?

Thank you!

  • 1
    More productivity is the goal of the search. I think the unit of thought should either be "the search for more productivity" or "more productivity", but not "for more productivity".
    – Lawrence
    Dec 16 '17 at 0:30
  • So, is it a complement?
    – hixann
    Dec 16 '17 at 0:35
  • It’s just natural. @hixann Dec 16 '17 at 1:12
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    It's like "the search for hidden treasure". It's simply the object of the preposition.
    – Barmar
    Dec 21 '17 at 2:16

If we rephrase it to say,

A rapid population increase drives the search for more productivity

it becomes self evident: A rapid increase in population [an increase of people] creates a push for more productivity, or, gives people the drive, or motivation, to find ways to become more productive [in tandem with population growth].

Productivity might refer to producing more food, more housing, more living needs, etc.

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