Unit 6.2

Infinitive

Introduction

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

Form

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).

Example

  • I can listen to music all day.
  • He can dance really well.
  • They can go to the circus.
  • I asked him to teach me to read.
  • She loves to visit the cathedral.
  • We hope to find the information office.

Use

We use zero and to-infinitives as a basis for the formation of other tenses.

Summary

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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