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    the meaning of to-infinitive?

    Does "infinitive" of "to-infinitive" imply infinite usages? It can be used as noun, verb, adverb, etc. Is the name from such countless usages? If someone also has a good material or knows a good website to learn to-infinitive other than the following link, I would pretty much appreciate it.

    http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.o...rbs/infinitive

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    Re: the meaning of to-infinitive?

    No, it's not about "infinite usage." It has nothing to do with that!

    In English, verbs can be classified as "finite" and "non-finite." The "infinitive is a type of non-finite verb. Furthermore, you can have a full infinitive (also called the "to-infinitive") or a bare infinitive (without "to).

    Have a look at the link below.
    http://www.grammar-monster.com/gloss...itive_form.htm

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    Re: the meaning of to-infinitive?

    I read the link, but still can't understand the difference between "finite verbs" and "non-finite(infinite) ones".
    Can someone explain?

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    Re: the meaning of to-infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I read the link but still can't understand the difference between "finite verbs" and "non-finite (infinite) ones."
    Can someone explain?
    They are not called "infinite" verbs! The correct term is non-finite verbs. The reason they are called "non-finite" is because they don't indicate tense and don't have a subject.

    Have a quick read of these links; it won't take long.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/gram...n-finite-verbs
    http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_p...inite-verb.php
    http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_p...inite-verb.php

    Then do the following online exercises.

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/verbs/finite.htm
    http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_p...inite-verb.php
    https://www.llas.ac.uk/materialsbank/mb061/5.9/5.htm

    Let us know if you still feel confused after that.

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