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    'basic form of a verb' vs 'base form of a verb'?

    Is there a difference between 'basic form of a verb' and 'base form of a verb'?

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    Re: 'basic form of a verb' vs 'base form of a verb'?

    The dictionary-entry form of the verb is the base form. I have not encountered the term basic form.

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    Re: 'basic form of a verb' vs 'base form of a verb'?

    Thanks, 5jj

    I agree that it should be 'base form of the verb' . However, the following extract from Oxford Dictionaries confuses me.

    The basic form of a verb is known as the infinitive. It’s often preceded by the word ‘to:

    Molly decided to follow him.
    He began to run back.


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    Re: 'basic form of a verb' vs 'base form of a verb'?

    Base (first) form is the expression used by many grammarians for the form we use for the bare infinitive, the present simple of the verb for all persons except the 3rd person singular, the form to which we add -ing for the gerund an participle forms and to which we add -(e)d for the second (past simple) and third (past participle) forms of regular verbs.

    Oxford dictionaries are using the non technical word 'basic' in the meaning of 'simple(st), with no special features'.

    The meaning is effectively the same.

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