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    to and to be

    There are 2 kinds of verbs given in Thai - English Dictionary.
    To + verb (to meet, to see, to find, to cut, etc.)
    To be + verb ( to be noisy, to be still, to be silent, to be angry, etc.)
    What's the different ?

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    Re: to and to be

    What's the difference? - 'noisy', 'still', 'silent' and 'angry', in common with thousands of other adjectives, are not verbs.

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    Re: to and to be

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    What's the difference? - 'noisy', 'still', 'silent' and 'angry', in common with thousands of other adjectives, are not verbs.

    b
    Thank you. So, "to be" that places before these adjectives are verbs, aren't they ? If they are verbs, what kind of verbs are they ?

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    Re: to and to be

    Quote Originally Posted by suthipong worasarn View Post
    There are 2 kinds of verbs given in Thai - English Dictionary.
    To + verb (to meet, to see, to find, to cut, etc.)
    To be + verb ( to be noisy, to be still, to be silent, to be angry, etc.)
    What's the different ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION *****


    Suthipong Worasarn,

    I understand how confusing a word such as "infinitive" can be --

    even to us native speakers.

    (1) In modern English, the word "infinitive" often refers to the form of


    verb that you find in a dictionary. For example, the dictionary lists

    the word as eat. That is the infinitive.

    (a) I can use the infinitive like this: I can eat three hamburgers.

    (b) I can also use the infinitive like this: I want to eat three hamburgers.

    Many infinitives have the preposition "to" in front.

    (c) Many infinitives show action: eat, play, talk, sleep, etc.

    (d) Some infinitives do not (usually!!!) show action: be, appear, seem,

    etc.

    (e) With action verbs, you often need an object:

    eat ice cream
    play soccer

    (f) Verbs such as be do not (usually!!!) show action. They

    describe:

    I am old. ("old," an adjective, describes me.)

    You are a student. ("student," a noun, tells something about you.)

    Verbs such as be are usually called linking verbs because they

    link (connect) the subject (I) with the word (old). In some

    languages, people say "I old." But in English, we have to have a

    verb: I am old.

    Please remember: be is a verb. We can use it with "to" or no "to":

    You want to be a good student.

    I may be late today.

    If you have any other questions, please post them. The people here

    are very happy to help you.

    Thank you

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    Re: to and to be

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    What's the difference? - 'noisy', 'still', 'silent' and 'angry', in common with thousands of other adjectives, are not verbs.

    b
    Bobk helped me to understand adjectives after I have been confusing about them for years or ages. (noisy still angry are adjectives not verbs)
    They came after "to be" then I thought they are verbs.
    TheParser helped me to understand more about verbs with several examples.
    Thank you.

    I need corrections every time I post. Every corrections makes me use English more accurately. Please correct my English if necessary.

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    Re: to and to be

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION *****


    Suthipong Worasarn,

    I understand how confusing a word such as "infinitive" can be --

    even to us native speakers.

    (1) In modern English, the word "infinitive" often refers to the form of


    verb that you find in a dictionary. For example, the dictionary lists

    the word as eat. That is the infinitive.

    (a) I can use the infinitive like this: I can eat three hamburgers.

    (b) I can also use the infinitive like this: I want to eat three hamburgers.

    Many infinitives have the preposition "to" in front.

    (c) Many infinitives show action: eat, play, talk, sleep, etc.

    (d) Some infinitives do not (usually!!!) show action: be, appear, seem,

    etc.

    (e) With action verbs, you often need an object:

    eat ice cream
    play soccer

    (f) Verbs such as be do not (usually!!!) show action. They

    describe:

    I am old. ("old," an adjective, describes me.)

    You are a student. ("student," a noun, tells something about you.)

    Verbs such as be are usually called linking verbs because they

    link (connect) the subject (I) with the word (old). In some

    languages, people say "I old." But in English, we have to have a

    verb: I am old.

    Please remember: be is a verb. We can use it with "to" or no "to":

    You want to be a good student.

    I may be late today.

    If you have any other questions, please post them. The people here

    are very happy to help you.

    Thank you
    This post helps me a lot. In Thai, we say "I old", "I sick", "I angry"
    and we are usually confuse about verbs such as verb to be.
    I always confuse about using of BE and TO BE.

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