Questions tagged [to-infinitive]

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To infinitive as object complement

i have a question concerning whether "to resist" in the sentence below is an object complement. "He lacked the strength to resist"
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What kind of grammar construction is this?

I came across this sentence in "English Grammar In Use Supplementary Exercises". The following sentence is: "We had hoped to be living (live) in our new house by now, but the builders ...
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one of 15 astronauts to have landed on Mars [closed]

Are the following sentences okay? a. Peter is one of 15 astronauts to have landed on Mars. b. Peter is an astronaut to have landed on Mars. If there's any difference in acceptability, could you ...
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Its surveillance apparatus is (mostly) in order to monitor

Its surveillance apparatus is (mostly) to monitor budget deficits in real time, but it could also help to evaluate the future consequences of policy decisions. (with or without "mostly") ...
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the replanning and rebuilding of cities to stem

The nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries saw devastating outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, typhus and influenza in European cities. Physicians such as Jon Snow, from England, and Rudolf Virchow, of ...
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to + ing form. as an example, "to connecting people

In this sentence: Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a family-oriented... Can I write "dedicated to connect people with nature"? If not, why do I ...
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Doubt on the infinitive usage

I've been recently studying the verb patterns with which we use the infinitive and the -ing form (e.g. I suggest meeting tomorrow at my house, NOT: I suggest to meet tomorrow at my house). But later, ...
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Gerund or to-infinitive in the sentence

I read that after the phrase "used to" we use gerund. I read this sentence: "He does not remember how Mike used to worry him." When I read this sentence, it gives better sense to ...
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For someone to do something vs so that

I was wondering, if there is any difference between "for someone to do" and "so that". For instance, Is "many parents used to beat their children for them to study" the ...
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“This computer is for you to attend lectures” instead of “*This computer is to attend lectures.”

I learned that you use "for -ing" and not a 'to' infinitive when you want to say the purpose of a tool, but I am not so sure about it. People told me I should say: This computer is for you ...
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What part of speech is this “to be grown”?

The original sentence is The plant itself is the only variety of orchid to be grown on a commercial scale. I only want to know the function or the role of to be grown here. Is it the complement? ...
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Want something adjective vs want something to be adjective

I was wondering if there is any difference between Want something adjective vs want something to be adjective! for example, "I want him alive" vs "I want him to be alive", Is there ...
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Is “to” needed when using “shall”?

It's Helen's birthday soon. You want to give her a present, but what? You ask your friend: ______? Any ideas? My answer: What shall I give to Helen? Is that correct? My book solution gives the ...
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Active Infinitives vs. Passive Infinitives. Which one is more suitable for formal writing?

I have seen the following sentence: They gave me a question too hard to answer. However, in my opinion, this use of active infinitive is ungrammatical here, and the following passive Infinitive ...
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Can infinitive-to and gerund be alternated in a sentence if it contains more than 2 “to”?

Sally reminded me to ask you to tell Bob to remember to bring his soccer ball to the picnic. The sentence above, somehow seems unnatural and not good to me. Can I alternate with gerunds as follows? ...
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Why does “a comma” exist between “to+infinitive clause” and “a relative clause” in this sentence?

In the link https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript, it is written We hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their ...
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What the difference between in beginning a phrase with infinitive form or -ing form?

What the difference between in beginning a phrase with to-infinitive form or -ing form? To create a signing configuration and assign it to your release build type using Android Studio, complete the ...
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When should I use the infinite `to´ at the end of a sentence?

When should I use the infinitive "to" at the end of a sentence? For example: My father said that I have to clean the bathroom, but I don't want to. Or can I just say My father said that I ...
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'end up to find' or “end up finding”? Gerund vs Infinitive?

What is the reason for using "finding" in this sentence and not "to find"? "These newcomers often end up not (to find)/(finding) the opportunities they are looking for."
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Could anybody explain this sentence - The movies gathered here are those that the authors feel to have had the most seismic impact

Why does the author use "to have had" instead of "have had"? Why did he choose to use an infinitive? What grammatical rule is implied here? The full sentence goes The movies ...
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raise money to do

The fundraising committee, chaired by Charles Stoddard and including Dr. G.P. Twitchell, Judge F.N. Thompson, Frank P. Forbes, and Walter S. Carson, successfully raised enough money to construct the ...
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To-infinitive, intransitive verb

Asking about ‘to-infinitive’ The phrase below is a part of a sentence and I want to know how this is grammatically correct. “~a world that had stripped him of his manhood, of his power to provide.” ...
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be careful to do something

If you are careful to do something, does it mean you do it carefully, or you are careful in order to do it? What is the function of the infinitival phrase?
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“a house to live in” vs. “a place to live”

"They need a house to live in." In this sentence, you can't omit "in", right? But "They need a place to live." In this sentence, you can omit "in", right? Why ...
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“started to get”, “started getting” or “started to getting” - which is correct?

From that point things started to get complicated. From that point things started getting complicated. From that point things started to getting complicated. Which of these sentences would be correct,...
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“to be” vs “be”

I heard many times that people say the verb to be and wonder why they say the verb "to be". It's "to+infinitive" not a verb, but many people say the verb "to be". Could ...
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'He is able to speak English' ('be able to' is one chunk or can be stopped after 'he is able'?

'He is able to speak English' 'to speak' is a to-infinitive usage? If so, 'to speak English' modifies 'able' as an adverb? Or 'be able to' is one chunk unit to learn by heart as an idom?
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What is the object in “They want us to help.”?

Quirk's CGEL (p.1171) classifies "B8 They want us to help." under Type SVO (To-infinitive+S as O), where "us" is supposed to be the semantic subject of the verb "help." ...
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'I was trying to eat hot food, but I didn't eat the hot food'

I was trying to eat hot food, but I didn't eat the hot food Isn't it contradictory? There are 'eat' and 'didn't eat' in this structure. However, in informal, I think people use this kind of ...
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Usage and meaning of to-infinitive

Take a look at this sentence: "I'm happy to meet you." This may mean: "I'm happy because I met/meet/will meet you." Then, can this sentence: "I'm tired to work out." ...
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What do these sentences mean with “to do something”?

My hands are wet to write. He is doing his homework to play. I have some projects to do to watch movies right now. Do these sentences mean that: "the subject is in a condition(wet) or doing ...
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“to reduce” or “to reducing”?

Grammarly indicates that something may be wrong writing just to reduce. However, when replaced by to reducing is marked completely wrong. By analyzing agricultural data and using software, I help ...
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Is it necessary ''to''?

Because Delhi has almost 20 million inhabitants, to make it sustainable is a challenge.
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“To be” in front of adjective?

Do we need "to be"(or a form of 'to be') before adjectives? For example: I want my hair black. I want my hair to be black. This is ready to publish. This is ready to be published. I ...
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Aim to or Aim for in this context?

Is it correct to use aim for in this context? or rather I should write aim to?. .Firstly, the MSc in ecology at the Kora University shares the same focus my bachelor in ecology has. Both aim for ...
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“My seat also to go to her on my death.”

I don't understand infinitives sometimes. Here is the sentence makes me confused. My seat also to go to her on my death. Why we don't use it like or is this sentences same meaning? My seat also will ...
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For someone to + verb

8 minutes for this guy to fall down to earth yet it takes one hour for my Uber eats to be delivered I saw this comment on a video on YouTube and I'd like to know if when I use 'for someone to + verb',...
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Why do we use “to” in here?

I am not a native English speaker. I am an undergraduate student in ELT. This is my first year, and I confuse sometimes. So my question is this: "Review the beliefs of Victor, Sweet, and other ...
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be demanded + to infinitive or that clause

He was demanded “to confess” to the robbery. He was demanded “that he should” confess to the roberry. I wonder whether these two sentences are correct. When we use “demand” as in a passive voice, can ...
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Is the sentence “The fire sent everybody running out of the cinema” correct?

I have found in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English the following : Send=affect=to make someone or something start to be in a particular state:His lectures always send me to sleep. Send sb/sth ...
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“I want to go to the zoo, his going”

Can I change "I want him to go to the zoo" into "I want to go to the zoo, his going"? I saw lyrics in National Anthem by Lana Del Rey: "He said to be cool, but I'm already ...
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feel — or to have been taught

I saw the following sentence in a book, and I don't know why the "to" is there. Is it correct at all? Most people feel — or to have been taught — that there is an absolute difference ...
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Prepositions “for” and “to”

Which of the following would be the best sentence to use: Some people use technology to search for information. Some people use technology for searching information.
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The only option I have is to go or the only option I have is go?

The only option I have is to go or the only option I have is go? What should I use the infinitive or the bare infinitive? Can I say "The only option I have is going"?
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What the usage and role of “to be” in below sentence?

What the usage and grammatical role of "to be" in below sentence? It rained this morning but it has turned out to be a lovely day. What's the difference between the above sentence and ...
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Where do we use 'to'?

I always get confused using the 'to' after a verb. For example: I want to go there vs I want ice-cream. I need to do calculation vs I need calculating all this. She loves dogs vs She loves to wear ...
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forbid someone to do something

"They forbid people to enter their building." Do we see 'to enter their building' or 'people to enter their building' as the object? And also, even if someone says that the to-inf. is the ...
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adverbs modifying infinitive verbs in front of the 'to'

Some of us have faith that we shall solve our food problems with genetically modified crops newly or soon to be developed. The 'newly or soon' modifies '(to)be developed' in front of 'to'. Can ...
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“I am so sad to leave” vs “I am so sad to be leaving”

"I am so sad to leave" vs "I am so sad to be leaving" What's the difference between "to leave" and "to be leaving." As a non-native it's just different but not ...
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Meaning of “so to”

The following is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; do you know what the "so to" means? It seems to mean "so as to" or "in order to", but I am not even sure if it is a ...

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