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    Question infinitives

    When infinitives are used, may they be used with the past tense, or the past partidiple as well as the simple present?

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    Default Re: infinitives

    Hello Gjo

    Yes; so these are all fine:

    1. I want to go to Japan.
    2. I wanted to go to Japan, but the flight was too expensive.
    3. I have wanted to go to Japan all my life; but I've never had enough money.

    Is that what you wanted to know?

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    Question Re: infinitives

    Thanks for your attempt. But, no, you didn't address the question. In each of your examples, you used a present tense with the infinitive. I want to know if any tense following the "to" may be used.

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    Default Re: infinitives

    I guess I got your point. There are also other infinitives that can be used - active and passive in meaning. So you could say:

    I want TO GO home. (present active infinitive)
    I helped her CROSS the street. (bare infinitive - active)
    I think it's much better for you TO BE STAYING at home. (present continuous active infinitive)
    She is known TO HAVE HAD three husbands. (past/perfect active infinitive)
    You seem TO HAVE BEEN EATING all day. (past/perfect continuous active infinitive)

    We don't want you TO BE OFFENDED. (passive infinitive)
    I seem TO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED of the crime. (past/perfect passive infinitive)
    Present continuous passive and past/perfect continuous passive infinitives are rarely used.

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: infinitives

    Thanks so much engee 30. You addressed my question and explained it well!gjo123

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