Questions tagged [bare-infinitive]

the bare infinitive is the version of the infinitive verb without the 'to'

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the auxiliary “need” (in affirmative sentences?)

I remember being told the modal “need” is used only in interrogative and negative sentences and was for quite a long time more idiomatic than the normal forms, but is there anything wrong with the ...
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Bare Infinitive after certain verbs

"I dare you go inside" "I will tell him go" I have learned from my grammar book that after certain verbs such as dare, need, let, will, would, shall etc, the infinite is used ...
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What is the right way to start a sentence: “To avoid wasting time trying to figure out” or “To avoid to waste time trying to figuring out”?

I have some problems when it comes to the usage of "to" vs "ing" to express the infinite form like in: [1] To avoid wasting time trying to figure out ..." [2] To avoid to ...
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How is this sentence formed: “The seniors make the freshers write practical files.” [duplicate]

How is this sentence constructed? The seniors make the freshers write practical files.
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feel + … + to-infinitive / bare infinitive

(1) feel + ... + to-infinitive: She felt his answer to be evasive. (2) feel + ... + bare infinitive: She felt him keep something back. I have been trying to find the rule: when "feel" must ...
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But, Except, than + Infinitive with 'to' or without 'to'?

I have read that after 'but', 'except', 'than', bare Infinitive (i.e., Infinitive without 'to') is used. But I am confused which one is correct: (1) We want nothing but to be free. OR, We want ...
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“Can to do” in song's lyrics

In the song "The next right thing" from the Frozen 2 soundtrack there is a strange part in the lyrics: Take a step, step again It is all that I can to do The next right thing Why "can to do", is it ...
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Verb + object + infinitive. What is the logic behind choosing between to-infinitive or bare infinitive?

For example, why I saw him eat/eating pasta. but I asked him to eat pasta. or She asked him to leave her. but She saw him leave her. I saw some articles about the topic that told you ...
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Can a bare infinitive ever modify (“act as an adjective”) a noun?

While browsing a set of lecture slides, I encountered this line: Catch up/overtake rate in which overtake rate looks odd to me. As far as I know, a verb may act as an adjective in a couple ...
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What is verb tense consistency?

"To his great astonishment and mortification, Sticky saw his parents begin trying less and less to find him, instead devoting their time and energy toward the proper disposal of their newfound riches" ...
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Verb forms in incomplete sentences (e.g. in phone settings)

I once had a discussion with some of my friends at school about something that is not really referred to by most grammar literature as it is about incomplete sentences/clauses. I'll give you some ...
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Talk to him is what I did

Talk to him is what I did. (this sentence is from forum.wordreference.com) "Talk" is a verb here that is not in the imperative mood. I suppose, it's in the infinitive form. But then how can it stand ...
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May I ask for a little clarification on subjunctive and bare infinitive?

I have just finished reading an extremely long thread on the above mentioned subjects on this site: (https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/demand-request-suggest-that-bare-infinitive-subjunctive-...
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Are “let” and “lets” used properly…? [closed]

If let means to ‘give permission to’ or ‘allow’ then lets means ‘allows’ or ‘gives permission to’ then is inthebushbook lets you to connect...correct? why or why not?
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What's the rule for bare infinitive in a dependent clause? [duplicate]

I've been reading a chapter in a certain (programming) book and stumbled upon the following sentences (and I'm sure I've seen more examples like this in the book): Since randomized tests are ...
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Why doesn't “need” take a “to” infinitive in some cases? [duplicate]

In a book of Alexander McCall Smith I found this phrase: No historical novelists need apply. Why isn't it this with a to for the infinitive? No historical novelist need to apply?
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Devil take the hindmost!

I came across the following old proverb in which I noticed that a bare infinitive verb is used after a singular subject. Devil take ...
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Something had me do or Something had me doing something else?

I’m edit­ing a short story and I’ve stum­bled upon a prob­lem. I fre­quently use struc­tures like: Agony had my in­sides con­vuls­ing. De­feat had me slump­ing into a chair. Fear had my body shak­...
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Can the mentioned verb be in a bare infinitive form?

However, rather than undermine its epistemic value, the intentional character of testimony is arguably essential to this value. Shouldn't it be "undermining" or "undermine"? As it is after "than", ...
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A question about one point of Donald Trump’s speech at Helsinki

At his recent Helsinki summit, while reading from a prepared, written speech, Donald Trump said during his opening remarks and then later tweeted, quoting himself: I would rather take a political ...
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Bare infinitive after “help” with intervening past participle phrase

Which is correct? Our mission is to help everyone touched by tragedy thrive. or Our mission is to help everyone touched by tragedy to thrive. I know that technically help can admit the bare ...
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Does the verb “enable” take a bare-infinitive complement like “let” or a to-infinitive complement like “allow”? [duplicate]

How can you predict which verbs take which type of infinitive as their complements? For example, is the to before open here mandatory, forbidden, or optional? The Gold Monetization Scheme will ...
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Bare infinitive with exceptions

Reading the sentence: "We were still talking about what we should do when we heard the children shouting". in the above sentence, why don't we write "heard the children shout", as the verb 'hear' ...
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What tense is used for “go” in “you see it go away”? [duplicate]

I understand it's not the present tense, else it would be "goes". Is the sentence grammatically correct? If so, does it mean "you are seeing that it is going away"?
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Can all base forms of verbs express wish?

My text book says that base form of verbs can make sentences whose meanings are wish, for example, in "God save the queen." or "Grammar be hanged." If the sentence's subject is third person and ...
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Why do we call the verb in the first sentence in the infinitive form while we don't in the second one?

http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/infinitive_form.htm The sentences were taken from the link above. I must run every day. I run every day. As far as I know, they both have the verb 'run'. ...
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Pseudo-cleft sentences with the verbs of perception

I know we must use bare infinitives with these verbs in the Active. e.g. I saw a lady cross the street. There are other verbs with which we are supposed to use a bare infinitive in the Active. e.g. ...
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Is it ungrammatical to start a description of the functionality of a mechanism with a bare infinitive?

In technical documentation (I am mainly referring to the documentation for the source code of a computer program), this pattern seems quite common: function MakeNFrobbers(int n): Construct a ...
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What I've done is [past participle or bare infinitive]

What I've done is plant an idea in your head. What I've done is chosen the products of several investment companies with proven track records. I was wondering why the bare infinitive sounds right in ...
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to whether + bare infinitive + or to verb [closed]

I wanted to see whether this phrase is grammatically correct or not. I want to use it in my PhD thesis. "Customers have more freedom to whether buy a new product or to get their money back. "
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Indispensability of 'to' after 'ought' in British English [closed]

I'm Brazilian, and I need to know which British literature says 'to' is indispensable after the word 'ought'. For example: Your skin color ought not to dictate your future. Could you give me ...
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]” [duplicate]

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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“I heard my life be told” vs. “I heard my life being told” (object+bare infinitive complementation) [closed]

You may have heard A Song They Won't Be Playing On The Radio by Molly Nilsson. I doubt this song will ever be considered the pinnacle of the English poetry, but it makes use of a passive simple (...
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When do we use subjunctive after “unless”?

In this sentence: The body will not be kept comfortable unless the air be maintained at a temperature higher than necessary. Why did the author use "be maintained"? When do we use subjunctive ...
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Usage of “try and…”

Which is the right sentence? People have always tried and be up to date about what the latest news have been or People have always tried and being up to date…
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Watch the sun go down [duplicate]

In the sentence: I'd like to watch the sun go down why there is no "to"? Why not: I'd like to watch the sun to go down
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How does the word “to” function with an infinitive?

I've gone through all the questions and answers on infinities and although they explain whether or not an infinitive should be marked or bare with certain words, nowhere can I find an explanation as ...
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Make something “have” or make something “to have”?

I am looking at a sentence in my thesis, and I am not sure about the usage of "make". Should I say In addition, as a result of the xxx principal, the xxx product operation in (1) makes the ...
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What to use?: Infinitive, bare infinitive or gerund as a complement after an expression [duplicate]

I came across some sentences and I was wondering which word is correct: 'train,' 'to train' or 'training'? What we should do is train our workers to become more efficient. All I we do is train our ...
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bare infinitive

Today I come across this sentence: I recommend having customer service agents end their emails a variety of ways. Can you explain why to is not added before end? Why is having used before an ...
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“It seem” vs “It seems”

Today I came across this NY Times' article, where it's written: Talking to people at newspapers makes it seem as if the future of comments is all social log-ins and filtering algorithms. But I ...
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Bare infinitive after “can see”/ “can hear” [duplicate]

After can see/hear, can the bare infinitive be used? e.g., I could see John get on the bus. We can say "I could see John getting on the bus," but is it possible to say "I could see John get ...
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Be held Vs To be held [duplicate]

He proposed that this meeting to be held annually instead of monthly. Should to be omitted or kept?
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Why can't I use the word 'to' after the verb 'helped'?

I know it is incorrect to say, "They helped to her" and that it should be, "They helped her", but why is the word "to" not needed? And yet the word to is in this sentence: "They helped to get her free....
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“to + verb” at the beginning of each bullet point vs. single “to” + multiple verbs

With regard to bullet points stating objectives using verbs, is it better to repeat "to" at the beginning of each of them, or to introduce bare infinitives with a single shared "to"? In the Land of ...
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'watch her run' vs 'watch her running' [duplicate]

QUESTION 1 I'm trying to figure out the seemingly subtle difference(s) between a sentence modified by a bare infinitive and one modified by a participle phrase. What do you get out of these: I ...
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What parents enjoy is playing/play? [closed]

I have a question; is it better to say: What parents enjoy doing is playing with their children. or: What parents enjoy is playing with their children. or: What parents enjoy is play with ...
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meaning of bare infinitivals

[i] I saw her clean the room. [ii] He helped me do the work. [iii] She made me clean the room.         What makes you think so?         Let ...
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”We're looking forward to helping you find X” vs “We look forward to help you find X” etc

I’m trying to link the following items into a single sentence: we look forward to help you find X So for example, here are some ways I was thinking of doing that: We look forward to help you find ...
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use of the verb “make” [closed]

The following is part of a blog post in The Huffington Post: In the perfect world we would all be morning people. We would wake up calm, refreshed and ready to tackle the day. But this isn’t a ...