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  1. Anonymous

    the word after 'to' in english

    i'd like to know if after each word to is always going to be a present tense and without a 's'.examples:
    I'd like to ___
    Had to ___
    wanted to__
    needed to___
    was going to __
    was about to___
    looking to___
    trying to___
    used to___
    supposed to___

    what's to be filled in?must it always be in present tense and no 's'?
    which one of these is correct on those blanks
    get/gets/gotten/got[these are the options]
    my guess is get for all of the i right?
    present tense and without the letter 's' must be used after a word 'to' at all times?

    really confused.pls help me with this.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: the word after 'to' in english

    get is the correct choice. :D By the way, it's called the base form or infinitive form of a verb. That is the form you look up in the dictionary. :) The base form is not the present tense form without -s, but it sure does look like it, doesn't it? :)

    to get is called the to-infinitive. An infintive does not carry tense nor does it agree in number with the subject:

    Tense: to got (incorrect)
    Number: to gets (incorrect)

    All the best, :D

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