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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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In grammar terminology, what sentence structure terminology is used to describe the infinitive-looking phrase after the verb “told”?

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The sentences below prove that the infinitive form of verbs as well as the gerund form can be used in the object position of the sentence structure S-V-O. I like toys. (...
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Future Active Infinitive

I am a Latin student, and often find myself having to complete verb synopses. In these, I write all the possible forms and modifications a verb could possibly take, along with the English translation....
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A Inquiry About Infinitive-To and Its Role As A Subordinator or An Auxiliary

If you're interested in grammar, as I am, I am sure you have delved into a thought process about infinitive to, and like me, you have probably questioned what it is, or what it could be defined as. My ...
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have had problem [migrated]

Police claimed to have had send the file. As have-had is used to connect past with present then how this sentence make any sense??
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depend as predicate in infinitive clause

I'm confused by the following sentence: To understand electricity depends on a knowledge of atoms It seems to me that it is incorrect, however, I couldn't find any rule to support it. My ...
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Use of the infinitive, always use 'to'?

Which is the correct use: Thanks for the opportunity of being here? or Thanks for the opportunity to be here? The idea was to use the verb in infinitive.
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Infinitives used as imperatives?

There is a passage in The Moonstone (by Wilkie Collins, 1874) which is full of infinitive forms of verbs. ("To xxx"). What I find hard to explain is that despite the infinitives, this passage clearly ...
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the first trial <stemming/to stem> from… vs. the first person to climb

Here are excerpts from different American news articles: a. Mr. Manafort’s case is separate from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign,...
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Interrogatives followed by an infinitive

I know these sentences work: We don't know where to put the sofa. (where we should put the sofa) No one could tell me how to start the engine. (how I should start the engine) The rules didn't ...
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“hard to distinguish” or “hard to be distinguished”?

Here is a phrase (slightly modified from the original) that I'd like to discuss. A) targeting small structures that are hard to distinguish I have no doubt that this will convey what it means, but ...
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“To be reviewed and approved”

Does the phrase "to be reviewed and approved by [someone]" indicate that the actor must take the specified actions (i.e., review and approve)?
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“No one is born hating…” vs. “No one is born to hate…”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, ...
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What is the correct way to use to-infitives?

This topic often confuses me. Sometimes I am not even able to understand the meaning of a sentence. For instance, the sentence: "White to move". You can hear it in chess, it means that the player ...
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Can an adverb clause modify an infinitive?

The title is pretty self explanatory, in the sentence: It is difficult to travel through the huge expanse of parched sands in the Sahara Desert, where oases are plentiful but distant from each other....
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“How to we categorize appropriation”

I cannot grasp the sentence structure of this: What incites my curiosity even further is how to we categorize appropriation in the case when Japanese people say that there is nothing offensive ...
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Are two (or more) to-infinitives treated as singular?

A friend said to me that two (or more) to-infinitives are treated as singular (whereas gerunds can be treated as plural depending on the situation). Is it true? Or, in this example sentence, which ...
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Where should “efficiently” go? “…to use ___ the money we collected ___.”

I need to answer a business-related e-mail. Which one is correct grammatically? We request your approval to use efficiently the money we collected. We request your approval to use the money we ...
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Hello, which one is correct grammatically? [closed]

Please share your offers with me to evaluate. Please share your offers to evaluate with me. Please share with me to evaluate your offers.
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Infinitive problem

1)He gave me a pen to write with. 2)He gave me money to spend. Why spend is not taking preposition as it is done in first example. Kindly help me.
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Is the infinitive form of verb a true verb?

My question is just as mentioned in the title of this post: Would you call an infinitive verb a true verb? I can't find any direct mention of it anywhere on the web. The CMoS (2010) catalogs ...
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“He is said to have known peo­ple” vs “He is said to know peo­ple”? [closed]

I came aross a ques­tion like this: As a pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, he is said ________ some very in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. to know to have known There are two avail­able an­swers ...
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Identifying parts of sentences with infinitive phrases

To help others is important. In this sentence, 'To help' is the infinitive (being used as noun subject) and 'is' is the verb. What is the object ? 'Others' ? And is 'To help others' an infinitive ...
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“For + subj. + to” infinitive to indicate purpose

I would like more information about this type of construction. Good examples escape me at the moment, but it would be something along the lines of: These conditions need to be satisfied for this ...
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“doomed to” + noun or infinitive?

I know the phrase "doomed to failure" exists. I also found someone here who suggests that both, "doomed to failure" and "doomed to fail" can be used for a specific situation: "I'm doomed to failure"...
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Passive or Active (Infinitive construction)

The task is to open the brackets: I don't want these rumours (to spread) around. As far as I can see, both "to spread" and "to be spread" are possible. What sounds more natural to you? Does "around" ...
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“To start” or “to starting” [duplicate]

While I was attempting online ISL test, where I got the following MCQ: Chen's looking forward ______ his job next week. a) to starting b) to start c) starting d) in starting ...
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Did prescriptivists make up pied-piping in relative infinitive constructions?

A quick Internet search suggests that pied-piping in relative clauses was a natural feature of English even though it is loved by prescriptivists; it existed in older stages of the language, and it ...
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Can I say that the 'to-infinitive which is part of predicative is an object?

The infinitive as object as in "He asked me to come in." & the to-infinitive as part of predicative as in 'The house of Jane was not easy to find' both act as noun. Both of these 'to come & to ...
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to display/show vs to be displayed/shown

The user can choose which elements to display/show The user can choose which elements to be displayed/shown Which sentence is more correct? Is there any difference when using show or display.
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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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“Regarded as” vs “regarded to be”

I have come across this sentence: Kashmir is regarded to be the heaven on earth. Is there a difference between that and Kashmir is regarded as the heaven on earth.
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Gerund or infinitive and WHY

WHY is this sentence incorrect? "All that they can do is preparing as much as they can." I know it should be "All they can do is (to) prepare as much as they can." But, for the life of me I can't ...
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' I went to place that I wanted to go to'

' I went to place that I wanted to go to' I've just read the sentence above from some test papers, and it looked really awkward. I've already heard "I went to the place where I wanted to go" sounds ...
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stated rule on use of infinitives in a sequence?

Is there a stated rule on use of infinitives in a sequence? Or is it a question of style? For example, It is vital for a viewer of this movie to listen for its main character's underlying position,...
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“not be permitted access” vs. “not be permitted to access”

I was wondering is it right to say something this way: You will not be "permitted access" to the work you produce. Isn't it better to say it this way? You will not be permitted to access to the ...
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Can you use a 'to' infinitive instead of using 'by ~ing'?

To identify human genes and understand their roles allows researchers to discover the cause of various diseases. To contain the meaning of 'by ~ing' or 'while ~ing', can you use 'to infinite' like in ...
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Infinitive verb as the main verb

I have seen this usage on Twitter and wonder what it exactly means. Is it just an informative exception or a common usage? Thresa May to take her Brexit roadshow to the north-east (https://i.stack....
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Things that go “hand-in-hand” to make me resign

Looking for a formal sentence to explain the reasons for leaving my previous job, and for some reasons i insist on using the phrase "hand-in-hand" in the sentence. Is it formal and grammatically ...
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What is the purpose of (-s) in “Don't hurts us”?

Shouldn't verbs after "to do" always be infinitive? If so, then what's the purpose of adding the suffix "-s" ? Image from Middle Earth- Shadow of Mordor || Gollum says: Don't hurts us!
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omission of infinitive marker: i.e., He'll come, if he wants (to)

To me, these He'll come, if he wants He'll come, if he's able He'll come, if I allow him are simply variants of He'll come, if he wants to He'll come, if he's able to He'll ...
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How to use 'fly'?

There is your sky Break your cage You meant for fly Not for staying in a range "You meant for flying" Or "You meant for fly" Which one is correct?
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Infinitive and present perfect together?

I am not sure if the following sentence is correct Nonetheless, I consider that living with and have trained my own dogs have helped me to gain hands-on experience Can somebody please help me? ...
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Is is possible to say “Admit to something being something else”?

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out whether the sentence below is grammatically correct or not. (is it okay to say admit to something being something else?) "The Prime Minister admits ...
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Can “to do something” refer to a noun with wh question? [closed]

Let's think of a normal sentence such as "I found a book with 500 pages." Everyone knows that we can't make its question form like "Which book did you find with 500 pages?" because the connection ...
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adjective+for someone to do something

I know that we can normally use the combination "adjective+to do smt". He is close-minded to talk to. That topic is very hard to argue on. How about adding "for" to those sentences? He is close-...
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help someone (to) do with DIFFERENT MEANINGS

I have gone through (almost?) all the posts pertaining "help somebody (to) do" to find the two forms (with "to" or without) are the same in meaning. It came to my attention that bare infinitives in "...
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“To travel is to live” is this sentence correct?

I got a bottle as a present and it is written "To travel is to live" I supposed that should be written something different but I don't know how to say this in English, somebody tried to say that when ...
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Unknown Grammar (or passive continuous infinitive) [duplicate]

Here is a sentence I have trouble parsing: A member of staff objects to their image being used in a particular way. I cannot find a grammar reference according to such sentence. Is it passive ...
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Comparing infinitives and nouns

I'm wondering whether it's grammatically correct to compare an infinitive with a noun using 'than'. For example: "Does he like to play in band better than gym?" she asked? I don't hear much usage of ...
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Structure with to+infinitive or participle

What's the difference in meaning between these two phrases? It was the beginning of an artistic career devoted to the oneness of art and life. It was the beginning of an artistic career to devote to ...