The infinitive as object as in "He asked me to come in." & the to-infinitive as part of predicative as in 'The house of Jane was not easy to find' both act as noun. Both of these 'to come & to find' are these object?


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[1] He asked me [to come in].

[2] Jane's house was not easy [to find].

No, the bracketed infinitival clauses are not objects.

[1] is a catenative construction where the infinitival clause to come in is catenative complement of asked. Me is the direct object of asked and the understood subject of to come in.

In [2] the infinitival clause to find is complement of the adjective easy -- they form the adjective phrase easy to find.

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