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I intend to see it carried out

Can we use a phrasal verb as an adverb or modifier? In the above sentence I think carried out is used as modifier.

If the function of carried out is different then please explain me properly. Thanks

  • The transitive multi-word verb 'carry out' can be replaced by 'do' or 'complete' here. This question then asks about the function of 'done' in 'I intend to see it done'. – Edwin Ashworth May 24 '18 at 15:51
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I intend to see it carried out

is probably best interpreted as a shortened form of

I intend to see that it is carried out.

CED lists the relevant sense of see:

see verb (MAKE CERTAIN) ​

C2 [ + (that) ] [which may often be deleted] to make certain that something happens:

[UK] See (that) you're ready by five, or there'll be trouble.

The receptionist said he will see (that) she is warned. [modified to fit example here]

So the string 'carried out' is verbal, not modifying 'it'. Replacing the transitive multi-word verb by a simplex synonym,

I intend to see it finished / I intend to see that it is finished.

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With 'I intend to see it finished', there is an alternative reading where 'finished' post-modifies the pronoun:

'I don't like seeing a half-built building; I intend to see it finished'

(with the usual sense for 'see').

And for the literal sense,

The man carried out on a stretcher was her brother

uses what some would see as a whiz-deleted construction – a reduced relative clause – modifying '[the] man'.

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A modifier can be taken out without affecting the sentence structure. I do not think that is he case here.

I also think that the part that is to be named is "it carried out" as your sentence essentially is a variation of "I intend to see to X"

so in effect it is two phrasal verbs, one as object.

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