Questions tagged [bare-infinitives]

For questions about the usage of the base form of a verb without using "to". For questions about the base form of a verb using "to", see "to-infinitives".

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Is it “rather than letting” or ”let”?

I saw a question on an exercise book that read When someone is criticizing you, you can try to handle the criticism in a positive and productive way to improve yourself rather than ____ it lower your ...
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"I was made to laugh"

We know that we use bare infinitive with certain verbs like make. I made him laugh. (Active voice) He was made to laugh by me. (Passive voice) Why is the bare infinitive used in the active voice ...
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Lacking of water or Lack of water

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? Lacking of water makes Death Valley a desert, but it is by no means devoid. Lack of water makes Death Valley a desert, but it is by no means ...
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"A myth come true." Is the base form of "come" legitimate?

source: When selected Cyclops, ready for your orders. I see it all. Awaiting orders. A myth come true. Always on standby. Yes, commander? (https://moapyr.fandom.com/wiki/Cyclops_Walker/Quotes) ...
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have someone come or coming?

In the following, should "come" or "coming" be used? If only "come" is correct, why? The first sentence comes from a news story relating to the oldest dog in the world. ...
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video of someone do/doing something

which of the following is grammatically correct? A video of someone doing something. A video of someone do something. I am fairly sure only the first one is grammatically correct, but I would ...
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Get to followed by a gerund or an infinitive?

I got to poking around and I found this oyster. He gets to feeling ashamed of the showing he is making. The new neighbours got to know each other. I'd really like to see you again and get to know you ...
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Be + past simple verb

I was watching a video and I heard the narrator said: “She had requested his brain be studied” And I thought it was wrong, but some grammar correctors, like Grammarly, show that this is correct, my ...
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Is "run" in the past participle

That doesn’t mean lying down and becoming fooled, or letting foreign corporations run uncontrolled. I'm not sure about the structure. Is "run" the past participle or base form (bare ...
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Which one is correct? When asked to comment / When he being asked to comment / When asking to comment / When he asked comment

I'm doing my grammar homework, but it really kills me. ( ).He refused to given any explanation. A. When asked to comment on the quality of the goods. B. When he being asked to comment. C. When asking ...
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Why is bare infinitive used here?

This is the sentence, and I am not sure why 'be' is used here: The industry understood how important it was historically that smoking be accepted as a public behavior. Early in the twentieth century, ...
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What- Phrase in a cleft sentence

I was reading about how lengthy wording is moved to end the Clause by placing everything in a what-phrase at the beginning of the clause. And, I found this example- What he did was exceed our ...
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Do bare infinitives/to infinitives/gerunds refer to both unfinished action and finished action?

Do infinitives and gerunds refer to both unfinished action and finished action? For example, I started building a house. In this case, “building a house” refers to unfinished action. I finished ...
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Why can "to" be or not be omitted in the following?

They acted as if they were mourning him rather than helping him (to) start a new life. The first step to help him was (to) give him a good education. You can omit to in the first sentence. But you ...
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Gerunds, infinitives or imperatives

I have a doubt with the use of gerunds, infinitives and imperatives in a specific kind of use. I'm a native Spanish speaker, so if I want to say: "Cumplir promesas" How would I say it in ...
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When can I use infinitive "be" after WH question words?

I watched 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' yesterday, and I've heard some phrases which include 'be' after question words in the bare infinitive form. For example: "Where ...
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auxiliary verb or bare infinitive?

"She might have been waiting for us" ‘Have been waiting’ forms the present perfect progressive tense ‘might’ is a modal verb The verb that follows modal verbs is suppose to be a bare ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say "the smartest thing I have done is stop junk food"?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say the following? The smartest thing I have done is stop eating junk food. If it's not, thend would it be more natural if I said this way? The ...
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than+bare infinitive?

Can a bare infinitive come after ‘than’? The transportation industry has always done more than carry travelers from one destination to another. I think it would be appropriate to have “to carry” or “...
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X makes it look huge or makes it looks huge?

My issue with Kohinoor Black Watch is that the dial shape makes it look very huge on my skinny 6 and a quarter inch but Pratap's (a watch) curvature makes it look a bit more toned down. Question - ...
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The verb "to know" followed by a bare infinitive

Some grammars say that KNOW should be followed by a bare infinitive. I never knew a fellow work so indefatigably. However, some natives say that it should be I never knew a fellow to work so ...
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Passive voice with have + object + bare infinitive

I was learning C2 level grammar structures when I came across this structure. It is mentioned in passive voice category. The structure is Have + Object + bare infinitive. Now I am confused that ...
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Function of Bare Infinitive

I have recently learned about infinitives. I know that infinitives act as nouns in the sentence rather than verbs, and that most infinitives are 'to + verb'. Now bare infinitives have created a lot of ...
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Infinitives with causitive verbs bid, command, order

1). I bade him go. 2). I ordered/commanded him to go. Till now I have thought bid, order and Command have almost same meaning except some nuances. But why Bare infinitive is used for bid and to-...
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Usage of bare infinitive

1). Do you wish to watch TV or to go to bed early. 2). Do you wish to watch TV or go to bed early. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? My friend is saying second sentence ...
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In the sentence "I watched the balloon rise", "rise" is in what verb tense? And why?

I watched the balloon rise. I understand that "rise" in this sentence is not in the 3rd person, because otherwise it would have "s" and it doesn't. Is it infinitive? The why not &...
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Bare infinitive after except

According to these two links link1 link2, we should use bare infinitive after “But, than, except” But I have read the below sentence somewhere She had no choice except to wait for the next train. ...
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Usage and meaning of sentences with WISH

I wish him to believe it. What is the exact meaning of this sentence? Does it mean “I wish he believes it”?
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'Bare infinitive' or "to infinitive" [duplicate]

Need advice, please. Trying to explain why not to use the "to infinitive" I got the question after it was read in a textbook. "The queen, what she does her entire life is lay eggs" "lay" is used ...
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How "Is + verb" possible?

We can use a full infinitive or a gerund as a complement of the 'be'-verb. For example, The first thing I do in the morning is to check my mobile phone. The first thing I do in the morning is ...
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"help someone do" vs. "help someone to do" [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct and why? Could you help the carnivore cut his meat? Could you help the carnivore to cut his meat?
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Omitting “to” due to implicit elements

I don’t know if there’s a general rule for when to omit "to" before a verb that normally requires it. In my native language, the verbs in bold in the example below would all be in infinitive (to + ...
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Instead of be or instead of being?

I know after 'instead of' verb-ing is used. But I have found a sentence : "My father wants me to be bold instead of be cautious". Is it correct? Can we use 'instead of being cautious' in the ...
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Nothing but to be or nothing but be?

I am a bit confused whether bare Infinitive is used after 'but' or not. Which one is correct? We want nothing but to be free. We want nothing but be free.
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Gerund, infinitive or root form

“Once you crossed the whole camp on foot, asking for a glass of water is not a surprise”. I used the gerund (asking) because it sounds to me like the correct form in this case, once I couldn’t find ...
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The use of the word "except" with "to" + a verb

I read in one grammar book that after except we have to use a bare infinitive. For example: She had nothing to do except spend money. But in this dictionary they provide an example with a verb and ...
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Perfect gerund usage

She denied seeing him yesterday. vs She denied having seen him yesterday. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Usage of direct infinitive or bare infinitive

1) She did no more than sleep the whole day. (Or) She did no more than sleeping the whole day 2) She did nothing but cry. (Or) She did nothing but crying which of the sentences ...
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Why is it supposed to be "couldn't get" instead of "couldn't got"?

Why is "Why couldn't she get tickets" correct instead of "Why couldn't she got tickets"? Why is it get in the present instead of got in the past tense?
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"all they did was (to) leave"

I've come across this sentence: [...] I've spent my all life making people happy when all they did was leave. Shouldn't it be "To leave" or something?
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except drink / to drink / drinking - difference

She had nothing to eat except drink water She had nothing to eat except to drink water? She had nothing to eat except drinking water Are all the above sentences grammatical? IF So, What is the ...
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"Sue told Johnsy not to move and (to) promise her..."

Sue said, "Johnsy, don't move and promise me not to look out of the window." Sue told Johnsy not to move and to promise her not to look out of the window. (OR) Sue told Johnsy not to move ...
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Is it possible to use a bare infinitive for the object of an "of"?

For example, "I described the scene of him drive away."
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To infinitive VS bare infinitive

He made me laugh(active) I was made to laugh by him(passive voice) In the active voice made is followed by personal object and bare infinitive. But in the passive voice made is followed ...
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All I did today was hang around the house and watch TV

I saw this sentence yesterday and wonder why it uses the bare infinitive (hang/watch) instead of the to-infinitive (to hang/to watch). All I did today was hang around the house and watch TV. Any ...
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using bare infinitive after did

So according to rule we should use bare infinitive after modals and auxiliary verb do, so my question is that, is this sentence grammatically correct What he did was wrong. Or it should be What ...
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omit the infinitive mark

Another green strategy is (to) use less ink, which is what many people already do. In this sentence, do i have to use "to use" or is it okay to omit 'to' and just leave "use"?
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Can a to infinitive and a gerund both be an object of the verb teach?

To infinitive and gerund can be an object of the verb teach? I wonder if these sentences are grammatically correct or incorrect and reasons. 1) I teach you to speak English. 2) I teach you ...
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why "happen" is not given an "s" in this sentence? "I have seen it happen to friends." [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a book, and the verb "happen" has no "s": I have seen it happen to friends. May the sentence be wrong? and if it is correct in what cases we can not give "s" to a verb?
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Why Wait or why to wait

Which is correct Why wait until tomorrow. Why to wait until tomorrow
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