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    Thumbs up need meaning of the sentence....

    I have written 2 sentences below I think the first one is correct but the second one I dont know.

    1.She was in the town for the day to see her parents.

    2.She was in the town for the day to saw her parents.

    I have modified the first sentence see to saw in second sentence.Is that correct or wrong .

    What is difference between the sentences (meaning)

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    Re: need meaning of the sentence....

    The second is simply incorrect. The to- infinitive requires the base form of the verb, in this case, see.

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    Re: need meaning of the sentence....

    I did not understand "to- infinitive requires the base form of the verb"............what is that.Please help me.

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    Re: need meaning of the sentence....

    Quote Originally Posted by rajpan06 View Post
    I did not understand "to- infinitive requires the base form of the verb"............what is that.Please help me.
    Every verb has two forms of the infinitive:

    1. The to-infinitive (to see)
    2. The bare infinitive/base form (see)

    I cannot think of any situation where "to" would be followed by the past tense, which is what you did when you wrote "to saw". It doesn't matter what tense the rest of the sentence uses, the "to" in your sentence means "in order to" and is followed by the base form.

    I go (present tense) to school to learn.
    I went (simple past) to the mall to buy clothes.
    I am going (future voice) to Malta to visit my family.

    She is in town for the day to see her parents.
    She was in town for the day to see her parents.
    She will be in town for the day to see her parents.


    (Note that "to saw" is a verb in its own right but has nothing to do with "to see").
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Every verb has two forms of the infinitive:

    1. The to-infinitive (to see)
    2. The bare infinitive/base form (see)

    I cannot think of any situation where "to" would be followed by the past tense, which is what you did when you wrote "to saw". It doesn't matter what tense the rest of the sentence uses, the "to" in your sentence means "in order to" and is followed by the base form.

    I go (present tense) to school to learn.
    I went (simple past) to the mall to buy clothes.
    I am going (future voice) to Malta to visit my family.

    She is in town for the day to see her parents.
    She was in town for the day to see her parents.
    She will be in town for the day to see her parents.


    (Note that "to saw" is a verb in its own right but has nothing to do with "to see").
    thanks

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    Re: need meaning of the sentence....

    Quote Originally Posted by rajpan06 View Post
    Thanks.
    Remember that every sentence, no matter how short, must start with a capital letter and end with a single, appropriate punctuation mark. In addition, please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". You should simply click on the Like button on any post you find helpful.
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    Re: need meaning of the sentence....

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Every verb has two forms of the infinitive:

    1. The to-infinitive (to see)
    2. The bare infinitive/base form (see)
    Would you mark it wrong if I wrote the first one full infinitive, please?


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    Re: need meaning of the sentence....

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Would you mark it wrong if I wrote the first one full infinitive, please?
    I would consider it incorrect. 'See' is a full infinitive in itself.

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