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    hi all,

    could someone explain to me if the word "to" is an infinitive. if so please explain.

    thankyou
    Titus

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitusandrews View Post
    hi all,

    could someone explain to me if the word "to" is an infinitive. if so please explain.

    thankyou
    Titus
    The word "to" on its own is a preposition (I'm sure it's probably other things too!)

    An infinitive is the verb with the word "to" in front of it.

    To sing, to laugh, to dance, to eat, to drink etc etc are all the infinitive form of the verb.

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by stitusandrews View Post
    hi all,

    could someone explain to me if the word "to" is an infinitive. if so please explain.

    thankyou
    Titus
    Hi, here is 'The French', 'to' it's a preposition and it's used to that one verb is in the infinite, lke to go, to run, etc..

    Note I am not a teacher, but I think I am right.

    Have a nice day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitusandrews View Post
    hi all,

    could someone explain to me if the word "to" is an infinitive. if so please explain.

    thankyou
    Titus
    'To' is the part of infinitive, not the infinitive itself.
    There are two types of infinitive:
    Bare Infinitive e.g. go, come, read etc.
    Full Infinitive e.g. to go, to come ,to read etc.
    But 'to' is also a preposition. It's used to show the direction mostly e.g. I went to the market.
    Hope this helps!
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    Thanks very much for all your help.

    But the initial issue with these sentences were:

    My hobbies are to dance, to surf on the internet and to read books.

    (or)

    My hobbies are dancing, surfing on the internet and reading books.

    I heard most of them saying the second sentence would be more appropriate in this context. But nobody tells me "WHY". I am very much confused here. Could someone help me with this PLEASE.....


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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by stitusandrews View Post
    Thanks very much for all your help.

    But the initial issue with these sentences were:

    My hobbies are to dance, to surf on the internet and to read books.

    (or)

    My hobbies are dancing, surfing on the internet and reading books.

    I heard most of them saying the second sentence would be more appropriate in this context. But nobody tells me "WHY". I am very much confused here. Could someone help me with this PLEASE.....
    They are both correct. The second sounds better when said aloud, less stilted, so is "better".

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