Questions tagged [to-infinitive]

For questions about the "base" form of a verb when it is used with "to". See "bare-infinitives" for questions about the base form of a verb when it is used without "to".

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Usage of perfect infinitives

"he was believed to have killed the king but was later acquitted of those charges" - is the perfect infinitive "to have killed" used correctly in this sentence ?
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Identifying infinitives

In "I have to go there" is 'go' an infinitive or the main verb? I have read somewhere that infinitives can be used after 'have to' and the above mentioned sentence was given as an example. ...
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'Bare infinitive' or “to infinitive” [duplicate]

Need advice, please. Trying to explain why not to use the "to infinitive" I got the question after it was read in a textbook. "The queen, what she does her entire life is lay eggs" "lay" is used ...
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“to be” or “be” that is my question

Does this grammar structure fit here? Nanotechnology is to develop further, as its positive aspects cannot be denied, but be treated with extreme caution. Nanotechnology is to develop further, as its ...
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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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When is 'to' prepositional and when particle of infinitive?

1.Having been in that kind of situation I can tell you it's not the good place to be. 2.Having been in that kind of situation I can tell you it's not the good place to being. 3.Having been in that ...
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Active and passive voice usage for gerunds and infinitives

I saw him go. What is the passive voice of this? My book is saying: He was seen to go by me. Why can’t it be : He was seen going by me.
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passive with wh- [closed]

when passive is used, it is mandatory to use be verb. Thank you for letting me know.
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Omitting “to” due to implicit elements

I don’t know if there’s a general rule for when to omit "to" before a verb that normally requires it. In my native language, the verbs in bold in the example below would all be in infinitive (to + ...
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To infinitive it preposition

How to know that 'to' is infinitive particle or preposition? Which one is correct? Don't try to be smart. Don't try to being smart.(is to a preposition?) Stop trying(is trying a gerund here?) to be ...
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Be about to : Which parts of speech is 'about'?

"The man is about to die." "The film was about to start" According to P. K. De Sarkar's grammar book "to die" is a noun Infinitive used as the object of a preposition 'about'. But Macmillan ...
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Gerund and Infinitive usage differenced [duplicate]

1)I started speaking. 2)I started to speak. What is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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gerund and infinitive differences

1)Nobody likes being cheated 2)Nobody likes to be cheated Are both sentences correct? If yes, what is the difference in meaning of the two sentences?
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Which of the two sentences is correct, considering the usage of To and For?

As Cristiano Ronaldo is for you, Messi is for me. or As Cristiano Ronaldo is to you, Messi is to me.
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Infinitive usage pattern

What is the difference in meaning of the below two sentences? Are both of them correct? If so, what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences 1)She was heard to sing a song by them. 2)She ...
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infinitive and gerund

which of the below given two sentences is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning between them? 1)She was heard to sing a song by them. 2)She was heard singing a song
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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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The use of the verb abstract in a question

Is this correct? What Java object type would abstract the number of apples to? The context: An apple or another real-world object can be abstracted into a specific object in the Java programming ...
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Infinitive in “ who am I to judge”

Who am I to judge? I understand the meaning of the sentence. However, does the infinitive express the purpose (like for example He went to New York to study medicine)? Or does the infinitive modify ...
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Grammar: BE + TO V

I'm confused with the grammar structure of the two sentences below: 1. It seems logical that the priority of any company should be to cover its running cost. 2. Owners have is to treat the employees ...
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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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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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“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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“to reach his office” vs “will reach his office”

If I want to use the present or the future in this case, which one is better? I am talking about instructions that I must tell a person something. Sit on this chair and wait for the manager to reach ...
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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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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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“Starting” or “to start?”

Can you please help me with the following sentences which one would be correct? What is the difference between them and when I should use -ing form and when -to+infinitive in similar cases? "I ...
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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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I have a lamp to repair vs I have a lamp to be repaired. To infinitive passive or active?

I'm trying to study to infinitive passive/active form, and I've seen the explanation. It says, we use the active infinitive if we are focusing on the agent(doer of the action), and passive if we are ...
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Infinitive usage

I cannot understand the usage of infinitive in this sentence. Japan went to save stranded resident and fight flood caused by one of worst typhoon to hit country in recent history. Please explain ...
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Is it true that [be+to+verb] actually is [be+PP+to+verb]?

You are to do your homework without watching any TV. The plane is to take off at 9pm. I once saw that some other people said that be + to + verb actually sounds like be+[something]+to+verb, such ...
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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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to-infinitive or present participle?

The sentence I am stuck with: The specimen to be tested is injected into an environmental chamber through which a constant flow of air passes. I paraphrase it in my mind: The specimen which ...
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“Try to phone” vs. “Try phoning” [duplicate]

In the Longman Dictionary I have found the following sentence: ...
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Can a parenthesis come between a “to” and its infinitive?

Is it okay for a parenthesis to come between to + infinitive, or should it stay as a one-part whether it's before or after the parenthesis? I began to, when it left me and disappeared, desire it ...
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Does 'to' function as a preposition in 'the trick to getting this chair to fold' but as a to-infinitive in 'some tricks to speed up your …'?

In a dictionary, I find two example sentences of the use of "trick": What's the trick to getting this chair to fold up? On page 21, some tricks to speed up your beauty routine. As we know, "...
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“to” as a word before an infinitive or as a preposition

In a dictionary, I find two example sentences of the use of "trick": What's the trick to getting this chair to fold up? On page 21, some tricks to speed up your beauty routine. As we know, "...
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Is it possible to use Bare Infinitive for verb 'order' insted of using 'order to'?

I found the following sentence, If the number differs, the PCI bus orders the packet be re-sent. Why the sentence above is not ...the PCI bus orders the packet to be re-sent.? or ...the ...
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to + inf vs to + '-ing'

I have been doing an online test to check my English skills and found this: I was looking forward ____ at the new restaurant, but it was closed. Incorrect (your answer): to eat ...
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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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to-infinitive or past participle

I want to know the grammar case of these sentences He canceled that order minutes before it was to happen. He canceled that order minutes before it was happened. Why in first sentence "to ...
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omit the infinitive mark

Another green strategy is (to) use less ink, which is what many people already do. In this sentence, do i have to use "to use" or is it okay to omit 'to' and just leave "use"?
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“try and be more assertive” VS “try to be more assertive”

I am not a native English speaker but I am very used to using try to be more + (Adjective) form. But very often do I get to see native English speakers use try and be more (Adjective) form. I'd like ...
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Orders X third person verb?

I came across this title: EU on brink: Emmanuel Macron squirms as Donald Trump orders France leaves EU. I'm wondering whether it is a matter of sloppiness or simply I'm wrong. My ear would have ...
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function of “to” in the context

Why is paper money considered fiat money? A dollar bill contains only about 3 cents worth of paper, printing inks, and other materials. Also, nowhere on paper is there any promise to redeem it for ...
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“Noun to verb” and “Noun that verb”?

(I've checked this link, but didn't get what I want.) The first to strike is a sandstorm as blinding and deadly as any northern blizzard. The first that strikes is a sandstorm as blinding and ...
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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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