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Infinitives are often used as direct objects:

Mi ŝatas danci. ( ≈ Mi ŝatas dancadon.)

I wonder if an infinitive could be used as a subject, too? Would it be correct to say:

Danci plaĉas al mi.

or even

Danci plibonigas vian sanon.

  • Just to clarify: I’m thinking about infinitives as subjects in main phrases. – Bjørn Sep 16 '17 at 6:50
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Yes, there is no problem with using an infinitive as a subject and I believe it’s not that uncommon. Here is an example from Zamenhof’s translation of the old testament:

Kaj krom tio, mia filo, akceptu mian instruon, ke se oni volus verki multajn librojn, ne estus fino, kaj multe legi lacigas la korpon.

And another example from his translation of Hamlet using plaĉi:

Se plaĉos al vi doni al mi prudentan respondon, tiam mi plenumos la ordonon de via patrino

PMEG has a section about this with several other examples.

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