I am an ESL teacher trying to help a student prepare for a test that will have a lot of sentence parsing. We are both stumped by the second verb in causative sentences. For example:
She asked the child to read a book. She made her dog take a bath.
I've read that both the verbs "to read" and "take" are infinitives--the "take" is just a "bare infinitive." But how do you parse these verbs? To me, they seem like adverbial infinitive clauses, modifying the main verbs "asked" and "made." But other sources say that they are actually infinitive phrases acting as objects of those verbs.
I know there are similar questions on this website, but I appreciate your patience in explaining this phenomenon to me again. I didn't totally understand the reasoning behind the other examples.