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INFINITIVE Verb: What is an Infinitive? Useful Infinitive Examples

INFINITIVE Verb: What is an Infinitive? Useful Infinitive Examples

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INFINITIVE verb: What is an Infinitive? This lesson will help you understand clearly about the infinitive definition, infinitive examples and more.

What is an Infinitive Verb? | Infinitive Definition

1. What is an Infinitive? | Infinitive Examples

An infinitive will almost always begin with to followed by the simple form of the verb. Basically, an infinitive verb is a verb with the word “to” in front of it.

  • to be
  • to get
  • to make
  • to play
  • to learn

When you use an infinitive verb, the “to” is a part of the verb. It is not acting as a preposition in this case. And the verb is always just the verb: no -ed, no -ing, no -s on the end.

2. How to use an Infinitive verb in a sentence

As the subject of a sentence 

  • To get good mark is not easy.
  • To choose time is to save time.
  • To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Like an adjective or adverb phrase that expresses purpose or intent 

  • My instruction is to read this book before sleeping.

Following an indirect object 

  • She asked me to do the task.
  • She told my Mom to wake me up.

List of Verbs Followed by INFINITIVES

Verb + Infinitive

  • agree
  • aim
  • afford
  • appear
  • arrange
  • ask
  • care
  • choose
  • claim
  • consent
  • dare
  • decide
  • decline
  • demand
  • deserve
  • desire
  • expect
  • fail
  • guarantee
  • happen
  • hope
  • intend
  • know
  • learn
  • manage
  • need
  • offer
  • plan
  • pledge
  • prepare
  • pretend
  • promise
  • refuse
  • resolve
  • seem
  • tend
  • struggle
  • swear
  • volunteer
  • wait
  • want
  • wish
  • would like

Verb + Infinitive or Gerund

List of verbs can go with infinitives or gerunds.

  • attempt
  • begin
  • can/can’t bear
  • can/can’t stand
  • cease
  • continue
  • forget
  • go on
  • hate
  • like
  • love
  • neglect
  • prefer
  • regret
  • propose
  • remember
  • see
  • start
  • stop
  • try

Infinitives in English | Infographic

Infinitive Verb

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