Questions tagged [infinitives]

The infinitive is the base verb form, conveying no information about person, number, mood or tense.

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Isolated infinitive in explanatory elements of a sentence

You were supposed to get rid of distractions, to focus, so you could have achieved that prize you lost. I'm not sure if in the sentence above the correct would be “to focus”, “focusing” or simply “...
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“Rather than do”, “rather than doing” or “rather than to do” after “prefer to do something”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is the most correct and natural. I prefer to read books rather than listening to them. I prefer to read books rather than listen to them. ...
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How to change passive present continuous tense to its infinitive form? “The meal is being cooked” to “I heard the sound of the meal being cooked”?

Eg: The meal is being cooked. if we say 1- I heard the sound of the meal being cooked, then people may interpret as "I heard the sound of the meal that is cooked" and we lost its continuous meaning ...
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the letter that he told you to deliver

a. You didn't deliver the letter he told you. b. You didn't deliver the letter he told you to. a1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told you. b1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told ...
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Should the verb try be followed by gerund or infinitive in this sentence?

So I know that the verb Try can be followed by both gerund and infinitive though the meaning slightly changes. But which one should be used in the sentence below? Why don’t you let your children ...
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quantity +to - infinitive

‎1. An IQ higher than 145 to join the group is required. 2.The score to enter the university is low. 3.The altitude to be able to fly drones is below 100 meters. 4.The height to be able to get on ...
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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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Gerund and infinitive dispfference

1)I don’t remember of meeting you in kashmir last year. 2)I don’t remember meeting you in kashmir last year. 3)I don’t remember to have met you in kashmir last year Which of the three ...
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Difference in usage of gerund and infinitive

she did no more than sleep the whole day Vs she did no more than sleeping the whole day What is the difference in meaning of these two sentences?
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gerund and infinitive difference

I regret being late vs I regret to be late. what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences???
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To have + past tense vs Gerund

I still remember to have met you in shimla last year Vs I still remember meeting you in shimla last year what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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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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Using infinitive instead of perfect infinitive

Here I see below sentence: We hope to have finished the building works by the end of March My question is if I write this sentence using infinitive instead of the perfect infinitive then will it ...
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“The Key to winning” is + -ing or -to?

Is The key to -ing followed by to or -ing? Example: The key to winning is to practice/practicing
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“hear him tell” vs. “hear him tells”

Which one is correct : Now let’s hear Marco tell his story. Now let’s hear Marco tells his story. And why?
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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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Some misunderstandings with the usage of the verb like as a gerund and infinitive

The book says this at the beginning of the chapter: The theory The exercises The solutions My questions I used to work in a supermarket. I didn't like it much. So they used to work there ...
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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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“On their way to killing”. Does it sound right?

Today I saw this tweet from Donald Trump: Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands of innocent civilians in Idlib Province. Don’t do it! Turkey is working hard to ...
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Difference between “not being tall” and “being not tall.”

___ should not become a serious disadvantage in life and work A. To be not tall B. Not being tall C. Being not tall The above is a test question, to which the answer is B. I kind of doubt it ...
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What is Defining And Non Defining Relative Clauses

I am reading an article on infinitive verbs and there is a sentence and there mention this: Give him an ornament to polish here they mention that the to polish is used as an to-infinite ...
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In Which Position To Place Adjective In Infinitive Form Of It

I Want to know when we use infinitive verb as an adjective what is the position of the to-infinity adjective as i noticed in this url examples it always use the last postilion https://www.grammar-...
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Can I omit ‘to’ after ‘and’?

For example I want to go and leave you. I want to go and to leave you. Which one would be accurate?
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Splitting the infinitive particle with the verb…is it lawful?

I was taught that the infinitive particle "to" cannot be separated from the verb under no circumstances, but my friend (a Canadian) told me that she would prefer "I try to never tell a lie" over "I ...
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“Speaking English or to speak English?”

What is the difference between these two sentences? I guess the first one is correct but what about the second one? In what circumstances can we use it? "Speaking English is not so easy." "To speak ...
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why not say 'to do'?

I have an advanced student who said that she feels that something I wrote needs a ‘to’ immediately before the word ‘do’. I told her that I don’t know a grammar based explanation, but that I’d find one....
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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...
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“Useful for you to understand or ”useful to understand"

a. This book is useful for you to understand the basic concepts of physics. b. This book is useful to understand the basic concepts of physics. Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct ...
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Do we follow “is” with a gerund or infinite?

Do we follow "is" with a gerund or infinite? For instance, should I say "Our goal is to eliminate distractions?" or "Our goal is eliminating distractions?" Thank you
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Helps plus infinitive or gerund

This equipment helps improving people's lives. This equipment helps to improve people's lives. Which one is correct?
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a great technique to keep in mind

a. This is a great technique to keep in mind when arguing with narcissistic people. Is that sentence slightly ambiguous? Is it a great technique per se which is to be used when you are arguing with ...
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Infinitive usage with tense

Does infinitive conveys meaning according to the tenses it will be the one of the causes for the transaction to fail. it was the one of the causes for the transaction to fail. Are those ...
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I didn't go to sleep though I wanted to

If I want to say I didn't go to sleep but I wanted to go can I say I didn't go to sleep but I wanted to (go) ? I heard we had to still write this "to" showing that "wanted" was followed by a verb, ...
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Why did he use “looking” word in this situation?

I was watching Sky news live and the journalist said: "And now, it's time for looking the weather". I would have said: "And now, it's time for look the weather". Using look in infinitive form. ...
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“To <verb> a <noun>”

To kill a Mockingbird. To catch a thief. To catch a cheater. Why is "to" used in this examples what does this phrases mean? I am unable to interpret any of these phrases.
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Is the Infinitive Mood an actual Mood?

Some English help websites don't even mention it when they explain Moods. Grammar-Monster.com, for example, has it down as "the infinitive form of a verb" on a completely different page and does not ...
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Using not to <verb> or to not <verb> [duplicate]

Which of these is the correct one, or are both correct? I moved slowly, to not wake my parents. - Intended meaning I moved slowly, not to wake
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whether + infinitive

I am not sure how the construction "whether + [infinitive verb]" is used. Examples: I don't know whether to turn left or right. (= I don't know if I turn left or right ?) I don't know whether to turn ...
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Why is “I let him to sleep” incorrect (or is it)?

I am trying to explain to someone why the sentence "I let him to sleep" is wrong, but I fail to come up with a good explanation other than "it's wrong". And now I am even doubting myself. Is this ...
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Putting to+infinitive at the beginning

My question is about the place of to+infinitive in some sentences. For example, 1- Before I went on holiday for a week, I was really eager to study at mathematics. I know this is correct. How ...
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Is “to infinitive” a myth?

Let us observe the following examples I want to speak to you I am looking forward to seeing you I am interested to learn English In the sentence 1 we say "to speak” is a to infinitive and to as a ...
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Difference between “going to” and “not going to”

I wonder what is the difference between going to and not going to in the following sentences: We're going to play football in my garden. you're not going to play football in my garden.
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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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Can the structure “somebody doing” replace a clause?

Consider the situation. A soldier returns home safe and sound from war. And his mother says It is such a blessing for him to come back safe! It is grammatically correct to change this to Him ...
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Right way to express a thought

I want to express that I would like to write a book before I turn 40. I want to know which among the below listed is best way to express this thought and which among them are grammatically incorrect....
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When we should add “to” before verb?

I am a beginner in English. I read this sentence in an example: "If you work at a job you enjoy, you will probably do your job better than if you work at a job only to earn money.". Why do we use "to ...
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using several to-infinitive subsequently

Can we say: "I want to learn to drive my car to go to my workplace to earn money"? Is it appropriate to use several infinitive with to subsequently?
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find/discover + object + to infinitive / past participle

Examples from Quirk: 1. They found him worn out by travel and exertion. 2. They discovered him worn out by travel and exertion. My remade sentences with "to be": 1a. They found him to be worn out ...
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“see someone doing something” or “see someone to do something”?

Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentences. I saw him doing his homework. I saw him to do his homework. Not so long ago, I would have thought that the second ...

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