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An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. It is “unmarked” (which means that it is not conjugated for tense or person), and it is preceded by the particle to.
Infinitives are known as non-finite verbs, meaning they do not express actions being performed by the subjects of clauses. Instead, infinitives function as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs to describe actions as ideas.
Infinitives are distinct from a similar construction known as bare infinitives or the base forms of verbs, which are simply infinitives without the particle to.
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see moodmood
or mode,
in verb inflection, the forms of a verb that indicate its manner of doing or being. In English the forms are called indicative (for direct statement or question or to express an uncertain condition, e.g.
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[O.Fr., from Lat.,=time], in the grammar of many languages, a category of time distinctions expressed by any conjugated form of a verb. In Latin inflection the tense of a verb is indicated by a suffix that also indicates the verb's voice, mood, person, and number.
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an indefinite form of the verb that can function syntactically as the substantive to provide the general name for an action or process, in many languages without reference to person, number, tense, or mood. It can have aspect, voice, and sometimes tense. A number of languages have various forms of the infinitive.

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Yet, in our discussion of nominalizations economy plays a minor role, since nominalizations, unlike infinitives and subjunctives, need not depend temporally and referentially on the matrix predicate.
In the first two subtypes of the paronomastic infinitive in -um(-ma), the infinitive is a syntactic representation of the verbal lexeme.
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The 17th century data contained some uses of infinitives with no ma-or da-infinitive counterparts in contemporary Estonian.
The infinitive nosse is rendered in Li by the double-gloss of p-clause or to-infinitive infinitive in Ru1 and to-infinitive by WSCp.
Stein also wonders how to interpret nqm, which cannot be an infinitive absolute, a syntactic construction well known in Hebrew, but not in Sabaic.
This becomes clearer if one substitutes an infinitive that selects an idiosyncratic subject, such as weather verbs like rain, as in (7):
More precisely, he claims that i- might precede those infinitives in which the main stress falls on the first syllable, e.
From a syntactic point of view, the accusative pronoun hine (Christ), which is obviously the subject of each of the embedded infinitives claensian, gelacnian, drifan, aweccan, bebeodan, gan, and wyrcean, seems to stand in exactly the same relationship to the participle onlyhtende as to the infinitives.
Benson et al [1] define a grammatical collocation as a phrase consisting of a dominant word (noun, adjective and adverb) and a preposition or grammatical structure such as infinitive or clause.
51) According to this conclusion--which, admittedly, is based on the relatively meager evidence afforded by the limited corpus of extant pre-exilic Hebrew inscriptions--no pre-exilic text should be expected to contain a significant number of plene qal infinitives construct.
Those who presumably do know what split infinitives are, and condemn them, are not so easily identified, since they include all who neither commit the sin nor flounder about in saving themselves from it, all who combine with acceptance of conventional rules a reasonable dexterity.