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    What is infinitive?

    The word "infinitive" appears frequently in grammar study but I have never had stable understanding of this word.
    Please give me a brief explanation and some examples.

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    Re: What is infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Suthipong View Post
    The word "infinitive" appears frequently in grammar study but I have never had stable understanding of this word.
    Please give me a brief explanation and some examples.
    A verb in its infinitive form is not conjugated, that is to say its in its base form.
    Examples would be all verbs.

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    Re: What is infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Suthipong View Post
    The word "infinitive" appears frequently in grammar study but I have never had stable understanding of this word.
    Please give me a brief explanation and some examples.
    "to speak", "to be", "to walk" - these are infinitive forms of those verbs.
    The bare form, 'speak', 'be', 'walk' is sometimes called the bare infinitive (because it doesn't have 'to' attached).

    The following are not infinitive forms of 'speak': "speaks, spoke, spoken, speaking ..."

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    Re: What is infinitive?

    Thank you. bhaisahab, Raymott
    I learned English by old way of teaching: teachers taught me grammar by explaining its rule and wrote on blackboard.
    One of the grammar item was "Infinitive without to" that I still remember the headline untill now. But I don't remember its substances.
    My question is.
    Is "Infinitive without to" is the same as "bare infinitive"?

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    Re: What is infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Suthipong View Post
    Thank you. bhaisahab, Raymott
    I learned English by old way of teaching: teachers taught me grammar by explaining its rule and wrote on blackboard.
    One of the grammar item was "Infinitive without to" that I still remember the headline untill now. But I don't remember its substances.
    My question is.
    Is "Infinitive without to" is the same as "bare infinitive"?
    Yes.

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