Answer to English Grammar Question 164

Are verb forms in the infinitive the same in meaning and form as base verbs?

From member: Mary Gorden in USA


Answer

The base form and the infintive are easy to confuse, Mary.
The base form of the verb is the verb with no tense formation or other grammatical indicator at all,e.g., 'speak'. The infinitive is usually written with the 'to',e.g., 'to speak' (although, there are uses of the infinitive without 'to')
Have a look at the section on infinitives in the Online English Grammar



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