greek syntax principle 35

An infinitive regularly functions as the object (or complement) of a verb. Hence, they are called complementary infinitives.  The infinitive will be anarthrous. cf. BBG 32.14; GGBB p. 598. The primary clue is the verb it completes. The following verbs often take complementary infinitives:

  • αρχομαι,
  • βουλομαι,
  • δυναμαι (always),
  • επιτρεπω,
  • ζητεω,
  • θελω,
  • μελλω,
  • οφειλω.


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