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I found this sentence in the Oxford Guide to English Grammar, Ch. 14, p.144

I hope to see you again soon.

Some infinitives express purpose (I went there to cure my condition), others result, (I came home (only) to find a gang of thugs on my doorstep). Is there a name for the type of infinitive in the above example with hope?

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I found this sentence in the Oxford Guide to English Grammar, Ch. 14, p.144

I hope to see you again soon.

Some infinitives express purpose (I went there to cure my condition), others result, (I came home (only) to find a gang of thugs on my doorstep). Is there a name for the type of infinitive in the above example with hope?

Hi, Lagrange—The infinitival clause in "I hope to see you again soon" is a complement clause. It the complement of "hope" and is similar to a direct object. What do I hope? To see you again soon. The infinitival in that sentence can be paraphrased with a "that"-clause: "I hope that I will see you again soon."

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