Question - How is infinitive used in a sentence?

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Recognize an infinitive when you see one. Infinitives can be used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Look at these examples: To sleep is the only thing Eli wants after his double shift waiting tables at the neighborhood café. To sleep functions as a noun because it is the subject of the sentence. Examples of infinitives include to read, to run, to jump, to play, to sing, to laugh, to cry, to eat, and to go. Remember that although infinitives are verbs, they do not function as verbs, instead they are used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Infinitive (abbreviated INF) is a grammatical term referring to certain verb forms existing in many languages, most often used as non-finite verbs. Thus to go is an infinitive, as is go in a sentence like "I must go there" (but not in "I go there", where it is a finite verb). The infinitive is the base form of the verb. Examples are: write, bring, take, make, sing, dance etc. The infinitive usually takes the preposition 'to' with it. Examples are: to write, to bring, to take, to make, to sing, to dance etc. The simple infinitive refers to the same time as that of the preceding verb: I was glad to see her.

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Recognize an infinitive when you see one. Infinitives can be used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Look at these examples: To sleep is the only thing Eli wants after his double shift waiting tables at the neighborhood café. To sleep functions as a noun because it is the subject of the sentence.

http://www.dailygrammar.com/Lesson-224-Adjective-Infinitives.htm

An infinitive is a verbal. Source: Lesson 206 that is to plus a verb form. It can be used as an adjective. They come before the noun or pronoun they modify. An infinitive phrase is made up of an infinitive and any complements (direct objects.

https://www.utdallas.edu/studentsuccess/files/GerundsandInfinitivePhrases.pdf

Infinitive verbal phrases are composed of “to” plus the verb and can act as a noun. Like gerunds, infinitive verbal phrases can function as subjects, objects, and complements in a sentence. However, when infinitive phrases are used as adverbs at the beginning of a sentence, they must be punctuated with a comma.

https://webapps.towson.edu/ows/verbals.html

Infinitives An infinitive is a verbal formed by placing to in front of the simple present form of a verb. Infinitives may function as adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. Just like a single-word adjective, an infinitive used as an adjective always describes a noun.

https://www.gingersoftware.com/content/grammar-rules/nouns/gerunds/

Gerunds: The Basics Gerunds are words that are formed with verbs but act as nouns. They're very easy to spot, since every gerund is a verb with ing tacked to its tail. Instead, they act as modifiers or complete progressive verbs. To find gerunds in sentences, just look for a verb + ing that is used as a noun.

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The to-infinitive is used in many sentence constructions, often expressing the purpose of something or someone's opinion about something. The to-infinitive is used following a large collection of different verbs as well. See this page about verbs followed by infinitives.

https://www.urbanpro.com/spoken-english/the-importance-of-gerunds-in-english-learning

A gerund is a verb form which functions as a noun. Gerunds can be used as the subject or the complement of a sentence. In the following sentences gerunds sound more natural and would be more common in everyday English. Remember that 90% of the time, you will use a gerund as the subject or complement or a sentence.

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A gerund is a noun made from a verb by adding "-ing. " The gerund form of the verb "read" is "reading. " You can use a gerund as the subject, the complement, or the object of a sentence. Examples: Reading helps you learn English. subject of sentence. Her favorite hobby is reading.

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Conjugating verbs essentially means altering them into different forms to provide context. If we regard verbs as the action part of the speech, conjugation alters verbs to tell us who is doing the action and when the action takes place.

https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/gerund-vs-infinitive-practice

Gerunds are often used when actions are real, fixed, or completed. "I enjoy cooking. " Infinitives are often used when actions are unreal, abstract, or future: "He wants to swim. " Sometimes the use of a gerund or an infinitive can change the meaning of a sentence.

http://www.english-for-students.com/the-present-infinitive.html

The present infinitive is the verb in its simplest form, usually preceded by TO such as….. to live, to teach, to bind, to strike. 2. The perfect infinitive is made by prefixing the infinitive of the auxiliary verb HAVE to the past participle such as……to have lived, to have taught, to have bound, to have struck.

https://www.talkenglish.com/grammar/auxiliary-verbs-be-do-have.aspx

Auxiliary Verbs "Be, " "Do, " "Have" An auxiliary verb helps the main (full) verb and is also called a "helping verb. " With auxiliary verbs, you can write sentences in different tenses, moods, or voices. Auxiliary verbs are: be, do, have, will, shall, would, should, can, could, may, might, must, ought, etc.

https://www.englishgrammar.org/qualifying-infinitive/

When the infinitive is used to qualify a noun, verb or adjective, it is called a qualifying infinitive or gerundial infinitive. Adjectives / adverbs and the qualifying infinitives are compared below. That was a beautiful sight. (Here the adjective beautiful qualifies the noun sight. ) That was a sight to see.