Unit 6.2

Infinitive

Verbs

The infinitive is the basic form of a verb, and we use it to form other verbal tenses.

There are two forms of the infinitive:

  • The zero infinitive consists only of the base form of the verb (work).
  • The to-infinitive consists of to and the base form of the verb (to work).
  • Zero inifinitive
    • I can speak Spanish.
    • He can count to ten.
    • They can write in Russian.
  • To-infinitive
    • I asked him to teach me French.
    • She loves to paint with watercolours.
    • We hope to find a yellow dress.

Zero and to-infinitive are used as basis for the formation of other tenses.

The infinitive is the basic form of a verb. We can distinguish it into:

  • Zero infinitive: base form of the verb.
  • To-infinitive: base form of the verb preceded by to-.

For example:
— „She can play football.“
— „You love to play football.“

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

 

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