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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"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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Which sentence is correct out of two?

The patient is ready for the discharge. Or The patient is ready to discharge. If you could please explain why one is a better construct than the other.
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"He likes writing poems" or "He likes to write poems" [duplicate]

I think both of the following are grammatically correct, aren't they? He likes writing poems. He likes to write poems. but which form is more common in daily conversation use? like + ing ...
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When do we use keep + to inf and keep + ing?

When do we use keep + to inf and keep + ing? I searched on the internet and did not find anything really accurate and precise on the topic.
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"To be or to not be" Is it grammatically correct? , that is the question

Can we put "not" between the to and the verb in infinitive form? Is it grammatically correct? Can I say: She tried to not offend people. To be or to not be, that is the question
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Do "to be" and "designed to be" have the same meaning?

I have met the following sentence on the website of Cornell Law School. For motor vehicles on which the license plate is designed to be mounted on the vehicle such that the upper edge of the ...
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What is difference between 'walking' and 'to walk'?

(Walking / To walk) on a regular basis everyday is more effective than making intense efforts once in a while. Sometimes it is very difficult for us (non native) to understand the difference between ...
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"How to keep it alive" Is it grammatically correct?

Is the following question grammatically correct? How + to + verb? What to buy, where to buy it and (most importantly) how to keep it alive until New Year. Cambridge News
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"To <verb>+ing" vs. "To <bare verb>"

On a website I have read: Interpreting the assignment question There are usually three steps to analysing an assignment question. Some questions may involve more than one task. ...
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What am I talking to myself here? vs Who are you to judge me?

I encountered two sentences in a movie. What am I, talking to myself here? Who are you to judge me? Meant You aren't listening to me. My question: It looks like both sentences ...
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use a bird to write with

In this movie clip, starting at 41 seconds, Maui says: When you use a bird to write with, it's called tweeting. Does the to-infinitive clause modify "a bird"?
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to obtain medical assistance to die

A CNN article titled "Euthanasia: Hope you never need it, but be glad the option is there" starts with this: The time was always going to come when society would need to face the pointy end of the ...
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Whether 'not to-infinitive' can be used after 'too + adj'

She was so angry that she tore up the letter. Can I rewrite the sentence like the following? She was too angry not to tear up the letter. In English, I'd like to know whether 'not to-infinitive' ...
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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 ...
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grateful to someone for something?

I want to express my appreciation to someone who helped me, Can I say: I feel grateful to this person for his help on the project? (I don't want to use thank)
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Infinitive or Preposition+Object?

"I go to work" may be understood in two different ways: "Why do you go to the office so often?" ... I go (to do what?) to work. "Where do go every morning?" ... I go (where?) to work. In this ...
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'to - infinitive' structure

Could you please explain the grammatical structure for the sentence below? There are 3 uses of 'to' in this sentence, and I have no idea how to interpret them. Full sentence As with interpersonal ...
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'I wasn't allowed' or 'I wasn't allowed to'?

Is it appropriate to say “I wasn’t allowed?” I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it said before to me, but instinctively I want to say “I wasn’t allowed to.” We usually say that “I wasn’t allowed to ______,” ...
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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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Please explain this construct with "help" [duplicate]

I was talking with a French penpal. He said: you're helping me to improve Which, as you may have guessed, is a literal translation from French. So I corrected him, and told him that using "to" isn'...
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Is the phrase "to not" correct in English?

There is something that I often I meet in English. It is the use of "to not", and I'm not sure about its correctness since I'm not a native English speaker. For example: I brought it to you in ...
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"To death" vs "to the death"

Sometimes I see the former, as in "starve to death". But sometimes I see the latter as well, as in "fight to the death", or in the following quote: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend ...
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Can I use as "She hates to spend money or to give money away." instead of "She hates to spend money or give money away."?

Here is a sentence which is correct. Sentence 1. She hates to spend money or give money away. I wonder the Sentence 2 is also right. Sentence 2. She hates to spend money or to give money ...
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Passive "to+infinitive" in the context: usage and definition

Consider (source): At that moment Francisco Pizarro came onto the scene. A native of Spain, he was sojourning in Panama when he heard of the riches to be found in that far off land. My Question: ...
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Do you have another job 'to' me? VS Do you have another job 'for' me?

Which one is grammatical correct sentence? Do you have another job to me? Or Do you have another job for me?
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Use of so called for...to complementizer with certain adjectives

We can use "for...to" construction with many adjectives. I am happy for you to be admitted to college. I am glad for you to have finally found a job. I am willing for you to go ahead ...
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The "To Come" Infinitive

I'm in discussion with a friend of mine and we can't seem to come to an agreement. We're specifically discussing a passage in the King James Bible in Revelation 1:4, John to the seven churches ...
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The best way to judge is (to get/get) - which is correct?

The best way to judge is get a boat and fill the boat with it. The best way to judge is to get ... Which one is correct, get or to get?
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Leave or leaves in "you don't want to see your little bird leave the nest"

I was watching an episode of big bang theory and someone told his mother "you don't want to see your little bird leave the nest". Why he didn't say leaves?
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Why "to" is dropped after "is"?

Why is 'to' sometimes dropped in these kinds of sentences? What you want to do is make a plan There's no 'to' between 'is' and 'make'. The next thing you want to do is to stay in the present ...
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Can we use a to-infinitive as a postmodifier after a supervisor?

He was working by himself without a supervisor to notify approaching train operators. Can we use a to-infinitive as a postmodifier after supervisor? and do it have ambiguity? i mean his job is to ...
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Is "to" always necessary?

Will the meaning of this sentence change if I remove "to" in the second sentence? He wanted to go to the park by himself. But I didn't allow him to.
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What's the Difference in meaning between 'to-Infinitive' and subordinate conjunction 'that'?

I'm wondering about 'to-Infinitive' and subordinate conjunction 'that'. Is there any difference in meaning between following sentences? I believe him to be honest. I believe that he is honest.
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How to use "to"

I am brazilian and I have some questions. So, What is the correct use to this sentences..."I need to back to home or I need back to home or I need to back home"? thank you
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Having had some one to do

Please look at the following Having advised many of your colleagues (yet having had no one stand up for me when the shit hit the fan)... and Having advised many of your colleagues (yet having ...
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Help to clearly understand 'TO' when object becomes new subject

Some dictionaries seem to indicate that 'TO' in some sentences is just there to 'mark the infinitive', thus giving meaning to the sentence and they list examples like these: I want TO open the ...
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What is the correct tense to use after "based on which"

The objective of the project was to provide the Government with the required ground conditions and climate information, based on which to make informed investment decisions for future expansion of ...
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Placement of "to-infinitive" before an object

David wants to bring Jack some books. David wants Jack to bring some books. I cannot understand the meanings of these sentences. What do they mean? Are both same? Thanks!
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Can I use "to drip" instead of "that dripped"?

A water clock had a container. The container was filled with water that dripped through the hole. In the second sentence, can I use "to drip" instead of "that dripped"? The container was ...
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there is no point in do+ing except "what verb structure here"?

Is my sentence below correct?: Nobody thinks that he is inferior if not superior, hence there is no point in looking down on anyone except expecting their retaliation could I also say: ... ...
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Would prefer + to-gerund

We can say I prefer going to the cinema. and I prefer to go to the cinema. But can we say I would prefer to go to the cinema and I would prefer going to the cinema ?
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Born to do something or born for doing something / Made for doing something or to do something

When I have to choose a preposition to talk about purpose, I found a general rule explaining that 'to + infinitive' was rather used when you're referring to verbs and 'for + noun', but it doesn't ...
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infinitive clause

Assess whether the people to be protected support the intervention. if we say " the people to protect" , would "the people" still maintain the role of being passive as in the original sentence?
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To indicate to which time "having been" is used?

To have loved and lost is better than never to have loved at all. Having loved and lost is better than never having loved at all. Having been loved and lost is better than never having been loved at ...
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When and how to use "to be"?

For each tuft to be inserted along the width of the axminster carpet, there is a corresponding metal gripper which rises from the bed of the loom to grip the appropriate coloured end of yarn from the ...
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it is a systematic approach "to obtain" or "obtaining"?

Would you please explain the use of to infinitive and to, as a preposition, + gerund, and when do we use one over the other? Many times, I have a problem deciding whether to use a regular to ...
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Can "manage to" be separated?

I have often seen the "manage to" combination used with the two parts adjacent to each other. Can I write "I managed after one year to get a car"? Or do I have to write "After one year, I managed to......
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I look forward to hearing from you or looking forward to hear from you?

Should I say I look forward to hearing from you or looking forward to hear from you? I have doubt because I know that the form of a verb is "to+ infinity" without the addition of the -ing ...
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Should I say "I don't must to do that" or "I must not to do that"? [closed]

Which of the following forms of the sentence is the correct one? CONTEXT: someone told me to sign on a document and I do not want to do that because it's only possible but it's not must. 1) "I ...
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When do I use preposition in + ing?

I am confused while using the preposition "in" in the below context. The wider provision of electricity supplies is a critical factor in reducing global poverty levels? Why can't I say "...a ...