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Monday, March 3, 2014

Infinitive Verbs and Nouns in English

In this post we would learn the usage of infinitive –verb with ‘how, what, when, where and which’.
Using one of the interrogative adverbs or pronouns when the first verb is ‘ask, find out, discover, decide, forget, know, learn, remember’, are invariably used. Some of the examples are given below.
1. I could not find out when to solve this problem.
2. The chief guest didn’t know which prize is to be given.
3. Some of the hostel students had learnt how to maintain the rooms in silence.
4. He decided himself where to stay for the night.
5. I suddenly remembered what I had to wear for the function.
6. He forgot where to go for the meeting.
7. The little child soon discovered how to propel the walker forward.
8. The old man asked me how to reach the place on foot.
Infinitive – noun.
This infinitive can also be used as a noun. Given below are some of the examples where an infinitive – noun used as an object.
1. Shah went to the church to pray.
2. Did you come here to play?
3. The brave hero went to the fighting ground to fight.
4. Where shall we sit to discuss?
5. We attend dance classes to learn.

Some examples of the infinitive – noun as subject are explained below.
1. To tell lies is not a good habit.
2. To kill a deer is a cruel act.
3. To read good books should be your college norm.
4. To err is human.
5. To forgive is divine.
6. To be or not to be is the question.

Here are also some examples, where infinitive – nouns are also used as subject and object:
1. To know all is to forgive all.
2. To work is to pray.
3. To work is to worship.

In the next post we would learn about ‘Gerunds’.

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