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What is an example of an infinitive phrase?

Infinitive phrases include infinitives. Examples include, “to walk,” “to read,” or “to eat.” Infinitives can act as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. As a noun, they might act as the subject of the sentence. For example, “To travel is the only thing on her mind.” As an adjective, they’ll modify a noun.

How do you identify a infinitive phrase?

Recognize an infinitive phrase when you find one. An infinitive phrase will begin with an infinitive (To + Simple Form of the Verb). It will include one or more objects and/or modifiers. Infinitive phrases can function as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs.

How do you use fairly as an adverb?

We use fairly as an adverb meaning ‘in a way which is right and just’:

  1. She took her employer to court because she claimed that she hadn’t been treated fairly.
  2. United Nations observers made sure that the election was conducted fairly.
  3. He’s fairly tall.

How do you identify infinitives without?

The infinitive is used without to after modal auxiliary verbs will, shall, would, should, can, could, may, might and must.

  1. It might rain later in the evening. (NOT It might to rain later in the evening.)
  2. I must go now. (NOT I must to go now.)
  3. She should have resigned. (NOT She should have to resigned.)

Can infinitive without TO?

We use the infinitive without to after modal auxiliary verbs will, shall, would, could, can (but not be able to), may, might, must (but not have to), should (but not ought to), and needn’t, (but not need to, which behaves like a normal verb).

Where do we use infinitives?

You can also use the infinitive to show your intention, after a verb that involves saying something. Verbs such as “agree”, “promise” and “decide” can all use the infinitive form. E.g. “She agreed to share the money between them.” E.g. “He decided to change schools.”

Why is an infinitive?

The plain/bare infinitive with why is usually used in main clauses that begin with the word why: Why do it now? Why tell him anything about it? Why not eat it now?

How do you use infinitive form?

There are four main ways that the infinitive can be used in English:

  1. As the subject of a sentence:
  2. To describe something you are planning to do, or intend to do:
  3. As, or after, a direct object:
  4. As an adjective or an adverb, where it describes the main action taking place:

How do you find the infinitive in a sentence?

Make sure you are looking at an infinitive and not a prepositional phrase by viewing the word or words that appear after the word “to” in the sentence. If the word “to” in the sentence is followed by a root-form verb, it is always an infinitive.

How do you use gerund and infinitive?

Gerunds and infinitives can replace a noun in a sentence. Gerund = the present participle (-ing) form of the verb, e.g., singing, dancing, running. Infinitive = to + the base form of the verb, e.g., to sing, to dance, to run. Whether you use a gerund or an infinitive depends on the main verb in the sentence.

What is called gerund?

A gerund is a noun made from a verb root plus ing (a present participle). A whole gerund phrase functions in a sentence just like a noun, and can act as a subject, an object, or a predicate nominative.

When should you use gerund?

You use the ing form after some verbs such as enjoy, admit, appreciate, can’t stand / help / bear, deny, avoid, mind, understand, consider, finish, imagine and resent. For example, “I can’t stand doing nothing”, or “She denied breaking the copier”. With other verbs, use the gerund after a preposition.

Is the gerund a tense?

What is a gerund? The gerund is a verb form ending in -ing which is used to form verb tenses, and which in English may also be used as an adjective and a noun, for example, What are you doing?; the setting sun; Swimming is easy!

How do you use being a gerund?

The word being is the present participle of the verb to be. When it is used as a gerund, its job is that of a noun and it does all the jobs that nouns normally do: He is an alien being. He loved being the king.

Can being be a gerund?

Both “being” and “having” can be used in the gerund form as a noun in the sentence. In this case, they will not follow a helping verb form of “be”. Being a student is a lot of fun but hard work. The main difference between “being” and “having” as a noun is that “being” expresses a state or experience.