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What is an infinitive?



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


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

  An infinitive is a kind of

Pei and Gaynor 1954 100


Hartmann and Stork 1972 111


Crystal 1980 184


Palmer 1986 156


Mish 1991 619

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