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    Question so as to always followed by an infinitive

    Hi,

    I found the definition of "so as to" from so as to: Information from Answers.com , in that link, there is a sentence like this: This idiom is always followed by an infinitive. and an example sentence like this: We took off our shoes so as to avoid scratching the newly finished floors.

    In above example, which word is the infinitive ? avoid or scratching ?

    Thanks.

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    Re: so as to always followed by an infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    I found the definition of "so as to" from so as to: Information from Answers.com , in that link, there is a sentence like this: This idiom is always followed by an infinitive. and an example sentence like this: We took off our shoes so as to avoid scratching the newly finished floors.

    In above example, which word is the infinitive ? avoid or scratching ?

    Thanks.
    "Avoid" is the bare infinitive of the verb "to avoid". Verb + ing is either a present participle or a gerund.

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