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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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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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