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Infinitive Phrase

The infinitive form of a verb is usually preceded by "to" (e.g., to run, to dance, to think). An infinitive phrase is this form of the verb plus any complements or modifiers.

Examples (infinitive phrases in bold):

He helped to build the roof.   
Let me show you the best way to paint the door.  
The officer returned to help the inspectors.  

Infinitive phrases can be used as nouns, adjectives and adverbs.

Examples:

He helped to build the roof(noun)
Let me show you the best way to paint the door(adjective)
The officer returned to help the inspectors(adverb) 

Interactive example:

 
The only solution is to lower the standards. [show me the infinitive phrase]
 
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