Did you know that infinitives can have a subject? Normally we think of the infinitive form of a verb as the form we use when we refer to the verb itself; it’s the citation form. We use it to mean the verb itself without anyone doing anything about it. Think of Shakespeare’s famous line in Hamlet:
To be or not to be, that is the question.
In fact, this construction treats the verb itself as a noun.
But that’s not the funny thing I’m thinking of regarding infinitives. The funny thing is (1) that infinitives can have a subject, just like a regular verb and (2) the subject is not in the nominative case! Sometimes the subject is in the possessive. In Tennyson, for example:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Usually the subject is in the objective case:
He helped me to fix the car
I want him to get the prize
Which leads me to the Pickles comic that encouraged me to think about all this. (She gets it wrong, by the way—should be “whom.”)