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I have never heard him to say it

I have never heard him to say it Now, I realize that the "to" is not supposed to be there. But why? Grammatically "say" in this sentence is an infinitive. Or it is pretending to be one. I am using ...
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“the only thing you did today was breathe” vs. “the only thing you did today was TO breathe”

Sometimes it's okay if the only thing you did today was breathe. In this sentence, should I use a bare infinitive, 'breathe', or 'to breathe'? I think I should use a bare infinitive, otherwise ...
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“makes everyone feel” or “make everyone feels”

https://www.lingq.com/lesson/lesson-26-giving-a-speech-431421/ "Talking about milestones and achievements makes everyone feel involved and positive, and it also shows how hard you worked for the ...
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Three verbs in a row, how?

Let's go help repair his car. How can three verbs go in a row like this, without the subject? I thought grammatically it should be: Let's go help him repair his car.
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When do we use a bare infinitive with recommend

We highly recommend this record be listened to loud. We'd recommend you to book your flight early. Why do we use a bare infinitive for the first and not for the second
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Subject complement “Noun phrase + Be + (to) bare infinitive”

Is it right to use a bare infinitive as a subject complement as in the following quote? "Its true purpose is convince shoppers that your product is the preferred choice" Another example: "Their ...
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A strange usage of a bare infinitive

Look upon this sentence please: "But again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you only need to look into a mirror." Why "be"? The sentence isn't in the subjunctive mood, because there'...
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In the sentence “I have never seen it snow”, what tense is the verb “snow”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "I have never seen it snow", what tense is the verb "snow"? My coworker who is learning English asked me why "I have never seen it snowed" is incorrect, and I wasn't sure how to ...
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When to use the plain form of a verb without “to”

To know when to use a verb with or without "to" depends always on the verb that precedes it? I am aware that after modal verbs and in imperative sentences the verb is used without the "to", Are there ...
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Why “… and thus be called” but not “…and thus to be called”?

In the book A Complete Guide to Programming in C++ by Ulla Kirch-Prinz and Peter Prinz, I encounter a sentence: Manipulators are functions that can be inserted into the input or output stream and ...
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Which one of these sentences are correct and what's the difference of the meaning among them?

(1) Her mother observed him have breathing difficulties shortly before death. (2) Her mother observed him to have breathing difficulties shortly before death. (3) Her mother observed him having ...
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Which is the main verb and object of this sentence here?

He makes me do the work. I don't understand which is the main verb here. I know that "make" is a causative verb in this sentence but which is the main verb? Is it make or do? and which is the main ...
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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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Two past-tense verbs in one sentence

Which one did you bought? or Which one did you buy? Is it okay to have two past-tense verbs in one sentence?
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Infinitive function as adjective with be and without

I saw the following examples in a book: We have several new plants to be watered Maria still has several letters to write Do you have any money to spend ? Why in first case did an author use "to be" ...
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“Call” tense in sentence [duplicate]

I can't figure out what's the tense of call in the following phrase I heard someone call my name I mean, I'm quite sure it's infinite but then shouldn't it be calling or to call?
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Why is it Infinitive

"She must go there".Why is go infinitive? Neither it is acting like a noun nor it is qualifying any verb,noun or adjective. If above mentioned qualities are not prerequisites for being an infinitive ...
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Should objective complement be Infinitive or Gerund

Somewhere in a book,I saw this line - "I saw him go" which I find stilted because I feel notion for line "I saw him going". On little dwelling,I found that this is case of incomplete predication and ...
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How to figure out whether Infinitive is being used to express cause or purpose

"He wept to see the desolation caused by the flood". Literally, this line seems making sense that he wept in order to see. While it actually makes sense that he wept when he saw desolation. How to ...
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What's the grammar behind “[Noun/pronoun] + [be] + [gerund]”

I'm wondering what's the grammar behind phrases like: We be eating She be sleeping etc What are the grammar backgrounds for phrases in such form? Can there be any other use cases of such grammar ...
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Is this “helped + make” combination a form of subjunctive?

I saw the following sentence on this page: https://www.inc.com/video/minda-zetlin/4-habits-that-helped-make-warren-buffett-a-billionaire.html 4 Habits That Helped Make Warren Buffett a Billionaire ...
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Why is “be” used without a “to”

His uncle had always insisted the chosen successor be solidly grounded in the Amish church. How could the writer put be without preceding with verbs such as see, hear, watch, etc. Why he used "be"...
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“help robot population (to) adapt” — can I omit “to”?

Actually I should be working on my bachelor report (it's due tonight), but hey, there are more important things like: Can I omit the to in the following sentence? ... foster behaviour that would ...
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What do you mean by “ordinary preposition”?

I can't specifically figure out the meaning of ordinary preposition, especially with "to". When does verb + ing come after to? And when to + bare infinitive?
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Why the 'to be' verb is used in these sentences?

1) 'got to be' instead of 'are' You got to be kidding me INSTEAD OF You are kidding me . 2) 'bare to be + gerund' instead of 'bare infinitive' We can't be cutting corners ...
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Let to do/ let do/ to let to do/ to let do

European customs officers are not easy to corrupt, so you have hardly any chances to get them __ something illegal across the border. A. let you to take B. let you take C. to let you to take D. to let ...
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I can see a bear go over the river [duplicate]

A bear goes over the river. I can see a bear go over the river. Are the sentences above correct? If the sentence has "can", goes will become to go?
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Using bare infinitive with verbs such as “see”, “watch”, etc.: Present tense or Past Tense?

I know using the bare infinitive after verbs such as hear, see, watch, etc. conveys a different meaning from using the present participle (verb+ing): I watched him climbing over the fence ( ...
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Let us not to forget or Let us not forget? [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is grammatically correct? Let us not forget something. Let us not to forget something. It is different from the question: what is the difference ...
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“wish” with bare infinitive: “the wish that the truth be unveiled”

Could anyone please clarify why "be" was used in the sentence? As far as I know this kind of structure can be used when you suggest, demand, or require something. But with "wish," I have no clue. ...
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Why is 'bare-verb go' in this sentence?

I posted the question about the sentence below what 'had' means in this sentence. One individual had a bullet as a child go right through the left temporal lobe. Thanks to stangdon, I got it that ...
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Using bare infinitive after 'does'

All he does is watching TV. I said this sentence and my native friend corrected me and said 'you need to use bare infinitive here' All he does is watch TV. Why is this right while the other is ...
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How can I know whether or not I should use the bare infinitive after a verb?

I usually make the mistake 'I prefer watch movies' instead of 'I prefer to watch movies' Is there a grammar rule that can help me to remember not to make this mistake?
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To + verb, bare verb or verb + ing in noun phrases

Which one is the correct verb form in the following sentence? The craziest thing I've ever done is go / to go / going scuba diving in Belize Some people say that both the to + verb and the ing ...
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Using non-finite after “but” and “except”

There is a rule stated on englishgrammar.org saying that we use bare infintives After some prepositions like except, but, save and than She can do everything but cook. She did nothing ...
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“Is to lie” or “is lie”

His kidneys become infected and the antibiotics they administer cause allergic reactions. Sometimes he is so close to death all I can do is lie with him and share his suffering. The sentences stated ...
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“Let us know” or “Let us To know”? [duplicate]

Till today I thought that correct way is to say "let us to know", but today I received a formal email that was written there "Let us know", and that's why I'm here to check the issue. I would also ...
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Should I say “I don't must to do that” or “I must not to do that”? [closed]

Which of the following forms of the sentence is the correct one? CONTEXT: someone told me to sign on a document and I do not want to do that because it's only possible but it's not must. 1) "I ...
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Grammar help on “how…”

I wish to write a sentence to ask: How does the weight of a car affect the speed of it? Should I have affects or affect there?
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“to+verb” or “verb” only?

From Harper Lee's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird: Atticus had urged them to accept the state’s generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but ...
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Using “Did” should it be followed by past or present tense verb? [duplicate]

Did you woke up this morning and looked at the mirror, and notice the eye bags are puffer than ever?
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Is there a difference between “I saw him going…” and “I saw him go…”?

I saw him going to city. I saw him go to city. First one refers to gerund. Second one refers to infinite. Do they have the same meanings or different meanings?
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What is the verb in this sentence?

I should be sleeping. Is "sleeping" used as adjective?
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Which form is suitable: “fall” “falling” or “a fall”?

I hear a book fall. I hear a book falling. I hear a fall of a book. Which version is most natural?
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what is the difference between - I make it to go and I make it go?

What is the difference between sentences like these: I make it to go. I make it go. or You make me to cry. You make me cry.
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Should I use “to work” or just “work”?

I'm intending to ask a question whether a person starts to work at seven or half past seven. Should I use: Do you start to work at 7 or half past seven? or Do you start work at 7 or half past ...
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How to determine whether “to” is needed or not?

"I can help improve your skills." "I can help to improve your skills." Which of this sentences is correct? How do you decide to put "to" or omit?
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Can the subject be an adjective phrase, adverb phrase, or a bare infinitival clause?

This is an exercise in Chapter 5 of a textbook by Bas Aarts, English Syntax and Argumentation, 4th edition, published 2013, on page 88: In previous editions of this book I allowed for adjective ...
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Bare infinitive vs to-infinitive

I found these sentences in my book: He did nothing but cry. He had no choice but to obey. Example #1 uses a bare infinitive ("cry"), but example #2 uses a to-infinitive ("to obey"). Why ...
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require that X be used VS. require X to be used

Some cities have a rule requiring that a certain percentage of the budget be used to fund public art. I am wondering the reason for being omitted the preposition to before used to.