not to be inspired by its promise and its example

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I defy any person to travel to this great country at any time and not to be inspired by its promise and its example. - from Theresa May’s speech to Republicans in Philadelphia

What is the grammar and part of speech that use here "not to be inspired"?

Shannak

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Does this help? http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/23152/order-of-not-with-infinitive

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The two infinitive clauses (to travel.....not to be inspired by) are complements of defy anyone.

(not) to be inspired by its promise is a passive form. promise is that which inspires any person, the direct object of defy, the main verb.

The pattern is

I defy someone to do X
and
not to experience Y after doing so

The generic statement can be paraphrased "I believe experience Y is unavoidable if you do X.

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