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    Question Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Hi teachers!
    Do we ever use think with to infinitive in active sentences such as " He thought to occupy this place."?
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    Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Hi dawoodusmani

    Infinitive: to occupy
    Ex: He thought to occupy this place.

    Base verb: occupy
    Ex: He thought (that) [in order] to occupy this place by the end of the month he would need to fork over more money than he had right now.






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    Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Do you mean as in:
    "Did you think to buy milk while you were out shopping for your new jeans?"
    "He is thought to have aided the terrorists."

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    Question Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Do you mean as in:
    "Did you think to buy milk while you were out shopping for your new jeans?"
    "He is thought to have aided the terrorists."
    Actually, I read a story in which I found that sentence. But it's a local publication and the author is not authentic.
    "The hole, where the queen with countless ants lived, was wide enough for the snake, that's why it thought to occupy this place." The story is about a giant snake and tiny soldiers, the ants. I think the sentence should write " It thought of occupying this place." Am I right?
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    Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Hi dawoodusmani

    No, no. With context is reads better. And your translation is also good.
    Ex: ... that's why it thought to occupy this place.

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    Question Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

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    Hi dawoodusmani

    No, no. With context is reads better. And your translation is also good.
    Ex: ... that's why it thought to occupy this place.
    But dear I've never seen "think" used with to infinitive. Does "think" too take an infinitive form like "seem", "forget" and "begin" etc.?
    Raymond Murphy says we can only use gerund with think using prepositions "about" or " "of". And that we can never use "think" with to infinitive like forget etc.
    Please provide me with some more examples so as to clear up mu ambiguity.
    Dawood


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    Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    From the dictionary in the Reference section of this site:

    "He never thinks to ask how we are doing."

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    Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Dawood,

    David L.'s first two examples were proof enough.


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    Re: Is "think + to infinitive" right?

    Thank you both of you very very much. May God bless you both!
    Dawood

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