Sometimes, I notice some sentences used in some youtube videos which are:

Come have dinner/Come enjoy the party etc (Are these correct?)

I think they had to be like below:

Come to have dinner/Come to enjoy the party.

I prefer using "to" before "have" and "enjoy" here to make sure that they are non-finite verbs. I know a simple sentence has only one finite verb and others verbs are non-finite.

Please give some explanations.

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    Possible duplicate of Can the word “go” be used as a helping verb? "Come" in this question is used the same way as "go" in that other question. – GEdgar Jul 22 at 12:55
  • I agree with GEEdgar. Except that it might be worth saying that the (or a) British way of saying it would be not “come TO have dinner”, but “come AND have dinner”. This is how purpose is expressed in casual British English. – Tuffy Jul 22 at 13:10
  • Actually, that question does nothing to address the use, or omission, of to, which is the main point of this question. – Jason Bassford Jul 22 at 13:32
  • In "Come have dinner", "come" and "have" are non-finite (plain-form) verbs, not finite ones, in an imperative coordinative construction. Inserting the coordinator "add" makes no difference to the analysis. – BillJ Jul 22 at 15:43

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