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Is the auxiliary verb “have” declared implicitly in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: After having accused the Congress of working in favour of Pakistan, it appears to resurrected the issue of "citizenship". At first glance, the sentence ...
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What “to infinitive” modifies in this sentence?

The fund will go a long way to solve their problem. I have a question on what "to solve their problem" modifies in the sentence. I think this can modify either "a long way" or "the whole sentence, ...
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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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to infinitive - important to remember

It is important to remember this principle. Can the above sentence be changed to the sentence below? Do they mean the same thing? This principle is important to remember.
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“It is reported that ~” to “reported to infinitive ~” [closed]

It is reported that one ancient Greek athlete ate dried figs to enhance training. Is the sentence above correct? Can I change it to the sentence below? One ancient Greek athlete is reported to ...
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“time for you to have to go” is wrong?

I would like to know if the expression below is wrong, and if then, why it is. Wow, the time is up. It is time for you to have to go. I know the sentence below can be much simpler than that, but I ...
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the function of “to”

The Department of Commerce sums the payments (made to resources) to arrive at GDP in the form of compensation of employees, rents, profits, net interest, indirect taxes and depreciation. I bracketed ...
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"more generally'? sounds wrong here?

I came across these two sentences in a paper and I felt wrong: One reason is vast literature that now exists in Cognitive Grammar and in cognitive linguistics more generally; thanks to limited ...
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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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The subject of to infinitive

I created the following sentences. During this process, a lid covers the opening of the container to prevent entry of water into the container. During this process, the opening of the ...
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Correct usage of use in a sentence

Which one is grammatically correct? 1.There are two steps to use this system. 2.There are two steps to using this system.
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verb+“to not”+infinitive OR verb+“not to”+infinitive

I believe the negative of a sentence, in which an infinitive is used, is made in two different ways. For example, "I know what to say." can be negated as follows; I know what not to say. I don’t ...
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get something stuck / to stick / sticking

The verb stick can mean "to become fixed in one position and impossible to move." But there is the adjective stuck, which means "unable to move or to be moved." I'd like to know what difference, if ...
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prefer doing vs prefer to do

Just saw this: "prefer ~ing" / "prefer to infinitive" and I am wondering if there are any differences between "prefer doing" and "prefer to do". I have read a book about grammar ...
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“Boring”: gerund or to-infinitive?

I came across this the other day, but found this strange: It is never boring going into space. You get to experience... Should it be: It is never boring to go into space? You get to experience.....
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I don't get the structure and also the meaning of this sentence

I do not understand the sentence at 3:15 in this video: Growing animal feed means more land per calorie of food is needed to produce beef than broccoli. Sorry I wanted to write more specific ...
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Difference between “far too much” and “far to much”? [closed]

I was writing a sentence recently and had to Google this because I didn't know if I should have used "to much" or "too much". sentence: Too much of an undertaking at the moment, and far too much ...
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Do native speaker understand “I know to swim.”? [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between 'I know swimming.' and 'I know to swim.' Do native speakers understand the meaning of the sentence 'I know to swim.' I didn't see the sentence like 'I know to ...
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Is it grammatically correct? Past Participle in to-infinitive

“Betrayal. That’s the first thing I feel, which is ludicrous. For there to be betrayal, there would have had to been trust first.”, The Hunger Games I'm confused about "... would have had to been ...
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Use of Infinitive

I am reading uses of infinitive from a grammar book and two sentences are written in it, that are He started weeping seeing his father. (x) And He started weeping to see his father. (✓) ...
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“Why not do it” vs “why not to do it”

The following sentence came up and started a discussion between me and a friend over the grammar and the use of the word to: Now that the weather is frightful, why not (to) spend the time indoors ...
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make + object + complement + for sb to do sth

Alexander's efforts to unite all of the Scots, and his concern for their welfare, made him the standard for his successors to emulate. I think 'made him the standard' means definition 11-13. Then ...
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ability for V-ing?

Normally, the noun "ability" is followed by a to-infinitive, as in "ability to sing." But I have seen someone define the noun "faculty" as "a particular ability for doing something." I'd like to know ...
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(noun to) + (verbal noun) vs (noun to) + (verb) when there's normally a noun after (noun + to)

I'll give you an example: "I want to get an access to _____" Should I fill it with "doing" or "do"? Because normally after the "access to" collocation we use a noun, e.g "access to games", "access ...
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This is essential to be accepted or to/for being accepted by others

can you please help me with this sentence. Which is correct? Or are they both? What is the difference? Many young people think that wearing trendy clothes is essential ... to be accepted ...
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Using “to” before adverbs of place

I'm interested in whether we can use "to" before "here" and "there". You can always return to here whenever you want. You should never go to there. Is it idiomatic in any way? Does it have a valid ...
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To-infinitive after “should”

I have this question: Should we use the to-infinitive after should in this case? Should he (to) take his offer seriously, we will have to reconsider our proposal. When should we and should not use '...
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to be met by reporters - indicating purpose or result?

The following is an example sentence from a dictionary. I'm wondering whether or not the infinitive phrase is understood as indicating a purpose; i.e., the meeting was a scheduled event. Or does it ...
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Is 'to' needed here: Jane's mother will come [to] pick her up soon. ” [duplicate]

Jane's mother will come to pick her up soon. Jane's mother will come pick her up soon. The kid Jane is being looked after at her grandparents' home. In a hour, her mother will arrive at the ...
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Use of to-infinitives/present participles that describe a noun

My colleague at work keeps using to-infinitives and present participles that describe a noun in ways that I think are wrong. But I am not 100% sure if they are wrong and why. He says, "PFC converting ...
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Do we have to use “to-infinitive” just after a noun?

In such a conversation, is the sentence with "*" wrong? Many people in Athens had time to get away from the fire, but, to save their children, they didn't have any time. Do you think that the part ...
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the way to get to someplace or the way to getting to someplace

Can you tell me the way to the hospital? Can you tell me the way to getting to the hospital? Can you tell me the way to get to the hospital? I notice that in “Can you tell me the way to the ...
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ambiguity?: to infinitive phrase as a purpose clause or an infinitival relative clause

I think the grammar of To-infinitive is the most difficult part of learning English because it is hard for me like ESL students to know which is which. I mean, I'm, well, just wanting to classify the ...
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Seems and look + passive?

It looks cancelled It looks to be cancelled It looks like cancelled It seems cancelled It seems to be cancelled I'm not sure which one is correct or how I can build sentences like that.
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To-infinitive or participle modifying noun?

What is difference between to-infinitive and participle when they modify noun like the below sentence? Is it the same meaning that using ‘distributed’ instead of ‘to be distributed’? Although the ...
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“to not do” or “not to do”

Specifically with the following sentence, which is more suitable/correct? You don't count on humans to not do things they're used to doing. You don't count on humans not to do things they're ...
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hamper someone to V?

Can "hamper" be used in the format "hamper somebody to [verb]," as in the following? The stock market crash hampered the company to expand into the German market. I'd appreciate your help.
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infinitive-to grammar

I learned that I can not put -ing form after the infinitive-to; I should put base form of verb after the infinitive-to. However, in this sentence, (this is from my textbook.) They were able 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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It is a delicacy to

Does it make sense to say this phrase? It is a delicacy to have a banana in this restaurant This was supposedly written by a native speaker. I'd appreciate your help.
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Can “to” cover both “in order to” and “in such a manner as to” ?

System 1 controls the device using the data, and system 2 corrects the data as necessary in order (so as) /in such a manner as to enable the device to operate more efficiently. I know there is a ...
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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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Help to understand the structure: why before the needles returned, shredding my thoughts

I AWOKE WITH NEEDLES in my brain. Thousands of them, biting, blocking out everything. Then they disappeared for one dizzying moment and I got my bearings. It was morning, early; amber sunlight poured ...
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Participle clauses

Studying participles with adverbial meaning, I got to know how to shorten complex sentences with the help of V-ing. The topic is quite clear, but I'm wondering about the difference in meaning if we ...
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To infinitives as adjectives

I have been thinking about the two sentences below to see whether they are natural or not. I am wondering when an infinitive used as an adjective makes sense or sounds correct. a The parent just ...
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omission of “to” when using “to+verb ~~ and to+verb ~~”

Let me introduce an example: We want to combine We decide whether or not to rebuild our schedule via her lesson time. and We decide whether or not to buy a new phone via her lesson time. ...
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Does “A is coupled to B (so as) not to rotate relative to B” make sense?

A is coupled to B so that they can rotate together. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence I created such that the rewritten one has the same meaning but is expressed in opposite way. My examples ...
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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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I don’t understand the meaning of “live to (make it to)” in this context

In this video, (0:05) https://youtu.be/Lo52BObqCds “Senator Rubio. . .I need to ask two things of you. Number one, Chris Grady, can you stand up? This is my friend who's going into the military. I ...
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Should there be an infinitive in “sharp corrections to elevated stock prices”?

…the Survey calls "a classic emerging market 'sudden stall' induced by sharp corrections to elevated stock prices." With Indian stock indices continuing… (emphasis added) Why it is "to + verb 2nd ...