Complex Catenative Construction
When a catenative verb has an object, the object usually comes between
the catenative verb and second verb, creating a more complex
construction, like this:
- I want him to study harder.
(Because this destroys the "verb chain", some linguists do not
consider this construction to be catenative. We include it here
because many linguists DO consider it to be catenative.)
The verb following a [catenative verb + object] can be in one of the
- (a) bare infinitive (eat)
- (b) to-infinitive (to eat)
- (c) -ing form (eating)
- (d) past participle (eaten)
Which form/s is/are available depends on the first verb. The following lists show those verbs allowing a bare infinitive, and those allowing a to-infinitive.
verb + object + infinitive
feel, have, hear, help, let, make, notice, observe, see, smell, watch
- We heard you say [that] you loved her
- Will you help me wash the car?
- We didn't watch the sun set
allow, ask, assist, beg, bother, bribe, can bear, cause, challenge, charge, choose, command, compel, condemn, count on, dare, defy, depend
on, direct, drive, empower, enable, encourage, entitle, expect, force,
get, hate, help, impel, implore, incite, instruct, intend, invite,
lead, leave, like, love, mean, need, oblige, order, persuade, prefer,
press, rely on, remind, request, require, sentence, teach, tell,
trouble, trust, urge, want, warn, wish
[and the following verbs, mostly with second verb to be]: assume, believe, consider,
declare, discover, fancy, feel, find, imagine, judge, know, observe,
presume, prove, report, represent, reveal, see, sow, suppose, think,
- Do they allow us to wear shoes? / [passive] Are we allowed to wear shoes?
- They told Sue to leave / [passive] Sue was told to leave
- We believed him to be honest
[ ... ]
I'd say that this is unacceptable in this case.