By Reinard Willem Zandvoort
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A. On account of the snow, the tramcars ceased (or stopped) running at eight o'clock. b. The German Empire has ceased to exist. According to COD, to start norma117 takes a gerund, the infinitive with to being colloquial or 6rulgar)' From the examples collected by Poutsma and Kruisinga, however, it appears that there is little to choose between the two constructions in this respect. In the sense of 'to take up' the gerund would seem to be indicated, for reasons to be stated presently. ' Since you started to cycle' would probably be taken to refer to a special trip.
46. The nominative with infinitive construction occurs with the verbs to hear, to feel, to see (not with to watch); to make 'to cause'); to find, to know (in the sense of 'to experience'). Compare the somewhat longer list of 18. 47. The ship was seen to heel to starboard. He was made to repeat everything. He has never been known to lose his temper. Here are some examples of the construction with the verbs of 31 in the passive: 48. with to be (or to have been) plus the perfect participle of a transitive verb.
B. i On the commoner construction It was natural to her to be obeyed, see 378 f. 36. Like the plain infinitive, the infinitive with to may be used in exclamatory sentences. These, however, express surprise or indignation (a), or a wish that is not likely to be fulfilled (b). a 0 think that all his efforts to help her had gone for nothin4J My own flesh and blood to rebel? b. 3 ACCUSATIVE WITH INFINITIVE4 37. The term ACCUSATIVE WITH INFINITIVE iS applied to groups consisting of a noun or pronoun plus an infinitive (with or without to), subordinated to another part of a sentence, usually a preceding verb.
A Handbook of English Grammar by Reinard Willem Zandvoort