Questions tagged [infinitives]

Questions about verbs in their basic (unmarked) forms, such as “be”, “do”, “have”, or “sit”, sometimes introduced by the particle “to” and other times used by itself.

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Can we use a semicolon before “to”-infinitives?

I just read a sentence that goes like this: I have woven the grief of your departure into amulets; to wear around my neck, until they dissolve into my skin. So far I have learnt that semicolons can ...
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What effect is achieved when using the gerundive form versus the infinitive form in this sentence?

Gerundive: Try getting some rest. Infinitive: Try to get some rest. My textbook says that the former means "Attempt to get some rest" while the latter means to "try getting some rest as ...
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SAT Difficult Writing Question

Can someone explain #31? I think its C, but the answer key says D.
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Using the definitive form of the verb for describing something that already happened

Is it wrong to use the infinitive form of a verb when listing things that already happened? I seem to remember seeing this kind of usage, but I'm not sure it makes sense. For example, sending an email ...
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Is “someone would love for this to…” correct?

I've recently used the phrase "xxx would love for yyy to be zzz"; example here, "spammers would really love for this to be possible". Is this phrasing grammatically correct? I'm ...
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This allows to . . .

I'm writing a PhD dissertation in Physics in the United States. I would say I'm fluent in English, but it's not my first language. Recently, I sent a draft of my dissertation to my adviser, and there ...
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How to say the interrogative form with a base form of a verb ..in English? [duplicate]

In French language, I will say "Comment ne pas être repéré". But I want to translate it into English. Do we say "How to not be spotted" or "How not to be spotted"?
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“execute delete this data” , “execute to delete this data” or “delete this data”

I am from Japan, so there would be some errors of my English below. The pop-up message in a web application we are developing "Are you sure you want to execute delete this data?" ...(1) It ...
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I seek grammatical justification for “I did more than finish the job”

I see people say such examples as "I did more than finish the job", "He did more than win the game". In such cases, "finish the job", which is a bare infinitival, occurs ...
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Go gerund vs go to inf

How can I use gerund form and to infinitive with go? I found out in the Cambridge dictionary that go is used with -ing when we speak about general activities that involve movement. If the activities ...
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What does the sentence “People felt that the cyclist was performing at a surprisingly high level.” become in the passive? [closed]

This is a (one more!) question I have had to ask myself when dealing with the passive structure "someone is said to do/be doing/have done something"... which definitely is a tricky structure ...
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Are prepositional verbs a sub-classification of phrasal verbs or considered a totally separate category? [duplicate]

In researching the classification of verbs that are accompanied by other words that may be adverbs or prepositions it seems like some sources favor prepositional verbs as a sub-category and others ...
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For + -ing verb (purpose)

Page 200 of the Collins English Usage reads You do not use 'for' with an '-ing' form when you saying why someone does something. You do not say, for example, 'He went to the city for finding work'. ...
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to infinitive as an adjective clause expressing the intention/desire of the noun's agent

'his action to observe the star' (supposing that the phrase above is grammatically correct) 'Action' is just 'action'. It itself doesn't have any sensation of intention/desire. so we can conclude that ...
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What form of 'laugh' should I use in this sentence?

She couldn't have helped but laughed. She couldn't have helped but laugh. If the second one is the correct version, is 'but' like a special infinitive marker like 'to' or something? Because it can't ...
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the to-infinitive as an adverbial(substitute of for+N?), an object, or a subject complement?

A. She is likely/sure/certain to start her new project. She may start her new project. Are the senses and the roles of the to inf. the same as 'start her new project' of 'may', complementing the (...
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A Specific Case of Infinitive as Adjective

To see him, you would have supposed he had been doing this for years. Having first thought that to see him was an adverb, I then noticed it wasn’t exactly doing the work of an adverb and might just as ...
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Gerund after “to”. Sentence: We use music to helping us relax

I found this question in a test: "We use music to helping us relax." Where helping was the correct answer option. I want to know why is this form of the verb correct and not the infinitive ...
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Why using gerunds and infinitives as a noun when the verb has its own noun? [duplicate]

to forgive is a great value Forgiveness is a great value Forgiving is a great value Does meaning change ? And why ? Grateful to your help
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Are the infinitives that follow catenative verbs considered object?

I am confused to find objects of catenative verbs , for example i was looking for the verb refuse and it's transitive and intransitive when i found some examples from oxford dictionary but still not ...
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The choice between “for gerund” and “to infinitive”

I am trying to sort out the issue dealing with the choice between "for gerund" and "to infinitive". For example, They took her to the warehouse for questioning. (IDIOMATIC) He ...
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What is wrong with this sentence: “This is an obstacle to start in Turkey”

"This is an obstacle to start in Turkey." This sentence is about making a business in Turkey and problems you can have. My friend said this sentence is more natural as "This is an ...
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adverb modifying the infinitive in front of the infinitive marker 'to'

I think I saw some ordinary adverbs modifying the infinitive in front of the infinitive marker 'to', which were not 'not' nor 'never'. Is this usage of adverbs standard? (I thought you wouldn't need ...
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Which one I should use? Infinitive or present participle?

Which sentence is grammatically correct? I think it is good for students to have cellphones. I think having cellphones is good for students.
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Progressive infinitive

Could anyone please explain why I can't use "progressive infinitive" in the sentence below: ▪It was my fault not to be making you laugh.
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You can have 'it is important to do X'; can you have 'it is urgent to do X'?

I'm proofreading an academic text, and I came across 'It is urgent to develop new theories for...' Intuitively this use of 'urgent' seems non-standard to me, and while I've resolved (or I suppose ...
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“To …, to …, and to …” multiple to-infinitives [duplicate]

Usually, I just use one "to", in sentences like "To address this problem and share our ideas with others, we would like to ...". But I also see people use multiple "to"s, ...
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Infinitives in news titles

I have a question on the usage of infinitives in news titles. While infinitives are seemingly used to indicate that something will be happening in the near future in news headlines (as discussed in ...
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Some tips to help with homesickness

Some tips to help with homesickness. Q1) Is the clause in bold a relative-infinitival? (some tips that can help with homesickness) Q2) Can I replace the to-infinitive with for+ving? (Some tips for ...
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Verbs after adjectives, gerund or infinitive? [closed]

What's the difference between these sentences? Ted was surprised to see his computer shutting down. Ted was surprised seeing his computer shutting down. It was nice to talk with you. It was nice ...
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Active perfect infinitive

I was happy to have finished everything early I was watching a video on active and passive infinitive and this example was in the video. I don't understand why the present perfect is used "to ...
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I would have gone travelling or I would have gone to travel?

Why do we say "I would have gone travelling" instead of "I would have gone to travel"? Because "would" is a modal verb, we usually say that it is followed by an ...
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Temporal Participial Phrases

He lay staring into the sky. He came running towards me. He arrived finding nobody there. I have read this by John Lawler but am struggling to put these into one of the five categories he mentioned. ...
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“Not to watch” vs “Not to have watched” as subject of a sentence [duplicate]

E.g. 1 Not to watch Kobe Bryant's matches when he was alive is my biggest regret. £.g. 2 Not to have watched Kobe Bryant's matches when he was alive is my biggest regret. Am I right that e.g. 1 is not ...
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Why can't to-infinitive be used as subject in “Not to learn French is my biggest regret.”?

E.g. 1 "Not learning French is my biggest regret." E.g. 2 "Not to learn French is my biggest regret." I know that e.g. 1 is correct and e.g. 2 is wrong, but what is the grammar ...
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“the right of doing“ or ” the right to do"?

A sentence from an ACT English test: The court agreed with Kevin that a person’s right to wear clothing of his or her own choosing is, in fact, protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Is it correct to ...
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In the following sentence, the parallel construction of the infinitives “to acknowledge” and “to accept” have, at least temporarily, befuddled me

To acknowledge the equality of black folks would also, so it was believed, accept a lowered status for rural whites. OR To acknowledge the equality of black folks would be also, so it was believed, ...
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Choosing the correct sentence [duplicate]

Which one of these sounds correct (American English)? Is there a better way of saying this? I was not sober enough for you not to notice I'd been drinking. I was not sober enough for you to not ...
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Re: Subject + verb (“intended”) + infinitive phrase. Could the phrase function as an adverb (vs. direct object)?

First, to save time and effort, I do understand simple explanations such as this (owl.purdue.edu): We intended to leave early. The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of the verb ...
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Usage of “be” infinitive form with no modal verb

Could someone please explain why the verb "be" in the sentence below is in infinitive form? I was confused as there is no modal verb preceding the "be". Is it some sort of technique used in literature ...
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Historically, why is “to” added to the start of every verb? E.g. “to go” “to run”? Why don't we just say “I want run.” “I need go.”?

Historically, why is "to" added to the start of every verb? E.g. "to go" "to run"? Why don't we just say "I want run." "I need go." ? I'm not sure how to make a Google search about this so I came to ...
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How can infinitives, participles, gerunds.. act?

I've seen infinitives function in a few different ways. But in which ways can they function? I've seen infinitives function as direct objects, subjects, and a couple other ways, but how else can they ...
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Is the verb have in the infinitive “to have breakfast” an auxiliary verb?

Is the verb "have" in the infinitive above an auxiliary smilar to the auxiliary verb "have" used to form the perfect tense?
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Can you prove that phrase “it's important that you to remove” is grammatically incorrect?

I found several times in books the structure with that-clause, where they put the infinitive with the particle "to" after "that". For example, from Advanced Apple Debugging & Reverse Engineering ...
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Can infinitives act as nouns, adverbs, and adjectives?

I've seen from multiple sources that infinitives can act as an adjective, adverb, and a noun. However, there are a few examples where I'm unnsure on why they would act like that. In this example, "...
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To use a participle or an infinitive? That's the question

Would native speakers use "to harm" in this one? Thanks. The elephant king agreed. He ordered that the elephants stop stepping on a single mouse. From then on, the elephants paid attention and ...
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Is it ok to write coworking in formal english? also it is correct the way I am using the semicolon?

Please read the following paragraph and tell me if needs some improvement, also if I am using correctly the semicolon: -Coworking with local authorities for finding the best response to attend ...
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Being, to be,have been, having been

Am I getting a right meaning of these sentences? I'm happy to be here (right now happy here) I'm happy being here (happy here right now but in continuous form) I'm happy to have been here (happy ...
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reduced causal adverbial clauses in the second part of a sentence

I should acknowledge that I asked this question in learner's site but I haven't got any helpful response; furthermore, I hold that this is a complex grammatical matter, so that is why I'm repeating ...
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Using being in the middle of sentences [duplicate]

I am confused about using 'being' in the middle of the sentences. For example I saw in an article in which 'being' was used like this: However, the evidence points to placebo effects being more ...

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