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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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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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&...
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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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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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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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all you need to do is figure out - if “figure out” is changed to “to figure out”, how does the meaning change?

Like most programming problems, if you understand the logic behind what you’re trying to accomplish, all you need to do is figure out a way of representing that logic with programming code. So let’s ...
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When to omit “to” with infinitives

I want you to feel better I want you feel better That was the right thing to do That was the right thing do when somebody challenges you to dance when somebody challenges you dance I'm not ...
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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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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.
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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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'He does more than just “fool” or “fooling” around?'

I've just read another question, “more than pack” or “more than packing”, and it made me curious. The reason of my curiosity is that even though I prefer the phrase "... finds sugar does more than ...
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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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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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“I would rather did it myself” or “I would rather do it myself”?

Which of the following is the correct sentence: I would rather do it myself. I would rather did it myself. When I meant to say that I don't know how to do this work otherwise I am well ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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makes the high cost of convenience “seem” - should it be “seems”

I had read a sentence in a magazine: Staying connected is what makes the high cost of convenience—an average of $3,300 a year for the Moore's plan—seem well worth it to them. Should "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...