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What is an infinitive?

 

Definition
 

An infinitive is the base form of a verb. It is unmarked for inflectional categories such as the following:

 
Discussion
 

In English, the infinitive form may be used alone or in conjunction with the particle to.

Generic
  An infinitive is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 100

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 111

 

Crystal 1980 184

 

Palmer 1986 156

 

Mish 1991 619


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