English Grammar Lessons
Infinitive Form - Glossary of Terms
The infinitive form of a verb is usually preceded by "to"
(e.g., to run, to dance, to think). The word "to" is not a
preposition in this case; it is often called the "sign of the
infinitive". An infinitive can be used as a noun, an
was his ambition. (as a noun)
was to dance. (as a noun)
water to drink. (as an
returned to help. (as an adverb)
After certain verbs the "to" is dropped.
helped her tidy the balcony. ("to"
dropped from "to tidy")
made him wait for a day. ("to"
dropped from "to wait")
I am leaving at 5 o'clock to
raise the lobster pots before the storm.
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