IELTS Grammar: Verb + To …(Infinitive)
8 Sep 2014 admin
Infinitive is the unchanged or base form of the verb which is preceded by the word ‘to’.
Verbs like offer, agree, refuse, decide, plan, arrange, hope, aim, learn, deserve, afford, forget, attempt, manage, fail, promise and threaten are followed by to + infinitive to express purpose.
- It was getting late, so we decided to take a cab home.
- I have totally given my best on Medicine, but I still failed to pass.
With the negative, it is expressed with not to …
- We have agreed not to pursue our plans of leaving town this weekend.
- She pretended not to see me as she passed me in the street.
There are verbs which you cannot use to,instead we use the ing-form of the verb. Examples are enjoy, think and suggestion.
- I enjoy reading novels.
- They suggested calling the immigration first.
- We’re thinking of going to Canada for summer.
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