not to be inspired by its promise and its example


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"?


Posted 2017-02-23T11:46:42.160

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– Teacher KSHuang – 2017-02-23T12:05:25.063



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
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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