Definition and Examples of Infinitive
What is an Infinitive?
When a verb is in its infinitive state, it has no subject or object. It is used to define the action of the verb without tying it to a specific person. It is a verb acting without a subject.
She went to the shop to buy some bread. (to + verb)
When “to” is added to a Noun or Pronoun, it is a preposition. But when “to” is added to a verb, it is infinitive.
I will give it to you. (Preposition)
I am very glad to see you. (Infinitive)
Infinitives used as Subjects :
- To sleep is good for health.
- To trust in God gives peace of mind.
Infinitives used as Object :
- He wants to go abroad.
- Do you wish to go there?.
- amutha began to write a letter.
Infinitives used as modifiers of question words :
- The girl does not know how to cook.
- I have forgotten where to turn off this road.
- David likes to fish, to boat, and to swim.
- Nancy also likes to boat, fish, and swim.
- John liked to fish, swimming, and to boat.
Rewrite the following sentences using the infinitive forms of the underlined words :
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