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“Try to phone” vs. “Try phoning”

In the Longman Dictionary I found the following sentence: should 3 expected thing a) used to say that you expect something to happen or be true Try phoning Robert – he should be home by now. ...
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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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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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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 ...