Purpose – To-Infinitive

Verbs

We can use the To-Infinitive structure to talk about someone’s purpose (the reason or the aim of an action).

The structure of the Affirmative form coincides with the Infinitive and to obtain the Negative form we just add “not” before the Infinitive.

  • Affirmative: To-Infinitive;
  • Negative: Not + to-Infinitive.
  • I went outside to help my mom, not to help you.
  • He called me to invite us to the beach, not to invite us to the picnic.
  • We travelled to see my classmates, not to get married.

We use To-Infinitive form after some verbs to express purpose.

We can use the “to-infinitive” structure to talk about someone’s purpose (the reason or the aim of an action). If we wish to make the structure Negative, we only have to add “not” before “to-infinitive“.

For example:
— “I have to find an excuse to go to the cinema with them” = The subject expresses his aim to go to cinema by using “to infitive”.
— “I have to find an excuse not to go to the cinema with them.” = The subject expresses his aim to not to go to cinema by using “to infitive”.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.