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Questions tagged [infinitive-constructions]

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passive form of construction with cause, result in,

I am trying to find out the right passive construction of some expressions like: to cause somebody/something to do something to result in somebody/something to doing something For instance: "The ...
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'Leader to give speech': Is this an infinitive phrase, and if not, what is it?

Thinking about sentence formation in the case of the infinitive, this question seems to arise: In a phrase like 'X to do Y', is the phrase an infinitive, or is there some other grammatical ...
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Usage of infinitive or gerund

For him to sail back is unthinkable For him sailing back is unthinkable. Why is the second sentence considered as wrong? Can the first sentence be paraphrased as (1) It is unthinkable that he could ...
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“To hunt is my favorite pastime.” What part of speech is “to hunt” in this sentence?

The function of infinitives seems to be up for grabs at the last post I commented at. I either need to be schooled or my interlocutors do. May your answers bring some clarity. These are your choices....
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What is the trail of logic in the sentence

Consider the sentence You don't need to patronize me. To patronize is an infinitive. But I can't understand why use of me is right. Is it the object of the infinitive or of the need verb? Can an ...
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Changing the passive infinitive into the active voice

This problem has been bothering me for almost a week. I was hoping for that lightbulb moment but it's still dark in the attic, so here I am. In the English coursebook, MyGrammarLab Advanced C1/C2, ...
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Is the sentence “We see this problem be unsolvable.” grammatically correct? [closed]

This is supposed to be the correct answer to one of the exercises from a B2 textbook written by a non-native author. It struck me as odd, but my teacher (also a non-native speaker) told me that such ...
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Grammatical term for a noun coming after an infinitive?

I didn't come to offer help. As far as I can tell, this is how I would analyze this sentence from a grammatical perspective. I = pronoun didn't = aux. verb with "not" for negation. come = zero ...
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Which one is true: try to not repeat it or try not to repeat it? [closed]

Which one is true: try to not repeat it or try not to repeat it? English is my favorite lesson😁😁😁
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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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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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Answers about please, please

I'm pretty sure that an infinitive can be split with "please" in stated requests, maybe for emphasis. For example, "I'm asking you to please study harder"; "I implore you to please shut up". A ...
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(The goal of) his visit is to spend time

A Washington Times news article starts as follows: The White House said residents of the Oregon town where a gunman killed nine people at a community college have “nothing to fear” from President ...
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How to explain “contributions that the private sector can make to enhancing…”? Is the “to” a preposition here?

Recognizing and encouraging the contribution that the private sector can make to enhancing cultural diversity and facilitating,... My question specifically is about "make to". Why is to followed ...
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That lawn will be a bear to maintain. - what types of construction is this?

That lawn will be a bear to maintain. I am interested in the infinitival clause at the end there and how it relates grammatically to the rest of the sentence. Is is a complement or a modifier? Also ...
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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absence makes the heart grow fonder [closed]

Why does the idiom: absence makes the heart grow fonder have the form of grow and not grows?
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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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What kinds of verbal complement does the verb “request” accept and require? [duplicate]

This verb has me a bit confused. I cannot submit my report personally and therefore have to resort to sending it by post. Now I need a polite way to ask to do this. I request that I send my report ...