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...To be good is to be great.
\To \to \ be \good \ be \ great \----------------------- | | / \ | is \ / \ ========|================== |
Explanation.--_To_, in each of these phrases, shows no relation--it serves merely to introduce. The complements _good_ and _great_ are adjectives used abstractly, having no noun to relate to.
11. To bear our fate is to conquer it. 12. To be entirely just in our estimate of others is impossible. 13.The noblest vengeance is to forgive.14. He seemed to be innocent.
+Explanation+.--The infinitive phrase here performs the office of an adjective. _To be innocent = innocent_.
15. The blind men's dogs appeared to know him. 16. We should learn to govern ourselves.
+Explanation+.--The infinitive phrase is here used as an object complement.
17. Each hill attempts to ape her voice.
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The +infinitive phrase+ may be used... Proverb
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