Infinitives | 3 Simple Examples

Infinitives | 3 Simple Examples

An infinitive is composed of the word “to” followed by the verb’s base form. The base form of a verb is the “plain” version that you would find in the dictionary: run, jump, sing, dance, laugh, or cry, for example.

Infinitives are the most versatile type of verbal because they can also function as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs.

For this reason, infinitives can sometimes be used as subjects or direct objects.

To learn more about infinitives, review WriteLab’s Guide.


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