SEE REPORT Infinitives

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Use: Like gerunds, infinitives are nouns.

Form: The participle to comes before the infinitive go
Example: Everyone wants to go.
to go is acting as the direct object of the verb wants.

Negative Form: Place not before the complete infinitive to make it negative. Avoid putting not between to and the infinitive.
Correct: Justin learned not to text while driving.
Incorrect: Justin learned to not text while driving.

Verbs that come before infinitives:
afford
agree
appear
arrange
ask
attempt
begin
can't afford
can't bear
can't stand
can't wait
care
chance
choose
claim
come
consent
continue
dare
decide
deserve
determine
elect
endeavor
expect
fail
get
grow up
guarantee
hate
hesitate
hope
hurry
incline
intend
learn
like
long
love
manage
mean
need
offer
pay
plan
prefer
prepare
pretend
profess
promise
prove
refuse
request
resolve
say
seek
seem
shudder
start
strive
swear
tend
threaten
turn out
venture
volunteer
want
wish
would
like
yearn

Verbs that come before gerunds and infinitives:
begin
can't afford
can't bear
can't stand
can't wait
continue
hate
like
love
prefer
start
try

Examples:
I vow to quit smoking this year.
I swear to tell the whole truth.
I swore not to tell anyone.
(negative past tense)
Sara's desire to learn amazes me.
 

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