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Infinitives: Types with Examples
You might know about infinitives, but if you want to learn about its types this story is for you!
are special forms of verbs that can be used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs when discussing actions without actually doing the activity.
Infinitives are broadly divided into two types -
The most prevalent infinitives in writing are
(to-infinitives), which are created by taking a verb's basic form and adding "to" in front of it.
They are used to show purpose and to modify nouns.
1. My brother went
2. Would you like something
that has an adverb or adverbial phrase between it and the basic verb is referred to as a split infinitive, e.g., to quickly complete.
(zero infinitives) are less common and are formed without "to".
Instead, you use the base form of a verb within a sentence.
1. Mario can do this the whole day.
2. I don't eat after sunset.
While infinitives used in the passive voice is called
(to be used), continuous infinitives represent continuous actions (to be waiting).
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