The Infinitive or to + Verb

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The Infinitive or to + Verb
The Infinitive or to + Verb

The Infinitive or to + Verb

The infinitive is the base form of a verb prec, ded by ‘to’ but cannot be main verb in a sentence. It is used to show purpose, intention or objective.

Examples

  • I want to study medicine(purpose)
  • I want to drink some water now. (intention)
  • We need a police force to maintain law and order. (objective)

The infinitive can be the subject or complement of a verb.

Examples

  • To read fast is difficult.
  • It is not quite easy to play tennis.
  • The children learn to speak English

Model Sentences

  • How old were you when you learnt how to drive?
  • I pretended to read the newspaper.
  • He will tell you what to do.
  • Would you like to go now?
  • He tends to lose his temper.
  • I was warned not to touch the switch.
  • She does not allow us to smoke in the house.
  • Can you help me to move this table?
  • We go to school to receive education.
  • Peace is necessary to the progress of a country.
  • The old man tried to board the bus.
  • He asked me to get up and go.
  • She likes to see beautiful scenes.
  • The job of a goalkeeper is to stop the ball.
  • I went to see him but he was not at home.

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