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Friday, January 31, 2014

Infinitive Verbs in English Grammar


In the blog of free medical transcription course, we will learn some of the topics of this infinitive. For the duration of the action, we mention some of the rules of the verbs are it either in the normal form or in the continuous form. For example ‘to sit’ is in the normal form but ‘to be sitting’ is in the continuous form. Like this change in the infinitive portion of a sentence and the structure which is in the S-A-V form, some examples are given below: 
1. My parents have asked me to be waiting here for them.
2. We told our children not to be quarreling with each other while we were away.
3. I have to be sitting here till my brother returns from work.
4. She didn’t like to be waiting after a long time with her return from the piligrimage.

When we have to use two infinitive – verbs in a sentence, one may be in normal form and the second in continuous form, as shown in the following examples:

  1. We will not have ‘to be practising’ for hours to catch the Principal’s eye.
  2. Did you join this organization only ‘to be serving’ your boss to get a mere certificate?

Infinitive verb as a connective: We can use an infinitive – verb to connect two simple sentences. In a complex sentence type this connective does not do the job of a conjunction. The new sentence so connected by an infinitive – verb remains a simple single sentence. Now let us come across the sentences.

1. “The poor student did not have ten paise with him. He could not buy a pen”.

We can combine the above two simple sentences into a single sentence. In the same manner, we combine the following pairs into a single sentence by using a suitable or perfect infinitive – verb.
1. Every football team has a captain. He directs the other players.
This sentence can be written as “Every football team has a captain to direct the other players”.
2. The thief took out a knife. He frightened the shop keeper.
This sentence can be written as “The thief took out a knife to frighten the shop keeper.”
  1. Our small brother will do as he pleases. We allow him.
This sentence can be written as “We allow our small brother to do as he pleases”.

We can combine two sentences with an infinitive verb only if the verb concerned is common to both the sentences. The following pair cannot be combined since there is no common verb of action between them.

In the next post we would learn about the “omission of “to” in an infinitive –verb.

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