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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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Is the “to” in “the first person to seriously consider” a preposition or “to + verb”?

In this sentence, She's the first person in her immediate family to seriously consider getting it. "to" is not used as "to + verb", right? If so, it is used as a preposition, but ...
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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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"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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"go to look for somebody in the place" vs "go to the place to look for somebody"

Given sentence: Off they went to look for the astrologer in the forest. Question: Where did they go to look for the astrologer? Possible answers: They went to the forest to look for the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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"To analyze" or "for analysis"?

Should I say: "Acoustic parameters of these sentences were extracted to analyze. " or "Acoustic parameters of these sentences were extracted for analysis. " Or anything else?
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"To" or "that" after passive construction?

When I study, I saw sentence like this: Earthquake rupture has been thought to happen by enlargement of a crack. There is a information for this sentence in my book and by the way "has been ...
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People value having choices / People value to have choices, which one is correct and why?

I always struggle with this and I don't get the difference, which one of the following sentences is correct and why? People value having choices People value to have choices
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"Could you help me [to] review this document?"

Should we use to after the verb "help"? Are both of the following sentences correct? Could you help me to review this document? Could you help me review this document?
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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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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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Infinitive.. How to form these sentences correctly?

1) I intended to have spent my summer vacation in the country 2) I knew him to be waiting for me that evening -     I would rather say "I knew he was waiting for me that ...