verb + infinitive (to) ( ( (alan learnt to drive over 20 years ago.), …
verb + infinitive (to)
we also ask/ show/ tell someone how/ what/ where to do something:
could you please
to answer this question?
we can use a question word (what / how etc.) + to after some verbs.
do you understand
aut this experiment?
we asked the guard
the train now.
we can use -ing forms with the same meaning as the infinitive “to” form:
the boxes./ they began
k the boxes
when did you start
golf?/ when did you start
to learn golf?
AND with a perfect infinitive (to have + verb):
seems to have burnt
we do use the infinitive with “to” with a continuous infinitive (to be + -ing)
pretended to be*
doing *his homework, but he was really playing a computer game.
seem to be
for somewhere. may I help you?
we do not use the infinitive “to” form with some verbs:
This is the wrong way to write it (not are you to look for someone?)
This is the wrong way to write it (not to play rugby)
The negative is –not to
preferred not to drink
coffee because it gives him headaches
agreed not to forget
to bring her sports kit to school
she agreed to remember her sports kit
learnt to drive
over 20 years ago.
agreed to meet
francesca in town again the following week.
after some verbs, we use an infinitive with “to"