Grammar 4-12 | Low Intermediate | CEFR B1

Infinitive Complements

A man feels a little sick. Listen to how we use infinitive complements to share ideas and opinions.

Neil: Oh, Ella, I don't feel well. I think I’m coming down with something.

Ella: Oh. I'm sorry to hear that Neil. What’s wrong?

Neil: Well my throat hurts and I ache all over. I’m sure I have a fever.

Ella: Hmm. Well, It’s a good idea to get some rest and I think you should probably see a doctor.

Neil: Sleep is OK but I hate doctors.

Ella: That’s just silly but if you aren’t going to see one, it’s probably best to take some paracetamol. Oh and it isn’t a good idea to drink any beer.

Neil: Yeah, I know. I don’t feel like any right now anyway. OK, I’m off to bed.

Ella: OK, get well soon.

Neil: Thanks.

Infinitive Complements

Point 1: A complement is a sentence with a BE verb followed by a noun or adjective.
  1. The test is easy.
  2. That man is funny.
  3. That building is a company.
  4. The shop is a cafe.
Point 2: We can add an infinitive after an adjective or noun to add meaning in a complement sentence.
  1. The test is easy to pass.
  2. He is fun to talk with.
  3. My company is a good place to work
  4. That cafe is a good place to relax.
Point 3: There are two ways to make negative statements. First, you can make a negative statement about the action.
  1. It’s best not to see him until he is cured.
  2. It’s important not to drink alcohol.
  3. It is a good idea not to go there alone.
  4. It is OK not to do anything.
Point 4: You can also make a negative statement about the adjective.
  1. It’s not fun to be sick.
  2. It’s not important to read every page.
  3. It is not a good idea to argue with him.
  4. It is not OK to wear shorts to work.
Answer the following questions about the interview.