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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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&...
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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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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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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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'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 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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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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