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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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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“The worst thing you can do is not negotiate at all” Why not “is not to negotiate”?

The worst thing you can do is not negotiate at all Why is it not: The worst thing you can do is not to negotiate at all or The worst thing you can do is to not negotiate at all
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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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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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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 [duplicate]

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 ...