Example sentences for: infinitive

How can you use “infinitive” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Here Bruce's Brilliant excision of one word is accomplished in his second phrase, the infinitive, in which he lifts out the to : “Helping [to] win by scoring.

  • A letter writer once accused The [Toronto] Globe and Mail , Canada's newspaper of record, of setting a new record for splitting an infinitive.

  • These are: prepositional phrase, participial phrase, gerund phrase, infinitive phrase, adverb clause, adjective clause, and noun clause.

  • Tonight's nutty bloopers: A.G. coughs for several consecutive seconds, effectively splitting an infinitive; mistakenly addresses Senate Finance Committee member Don Nickles, R-Okla., as "congressman"; projects only 1.9 percent GDP growth for Calendar 1996.

  • The numbers in the above sentence indicate the beginning of each phrase and subordinate clause-- (1) adverb clause: “When people who swing want to see what's happening” modifies the verb try in the main clause; (2) adjective clause: “who swing” modifies the noun people ; (3) infinitive phrase: “to see what's happening” acts as the direct object of the verb want ; (4) noun clause: “what's happening” acts as the direct objective of the infinitive “to see”; (5) gerund phrase: “attending parties given by hipsters” acts as the direct object of the verb try ; (6) participial phrase: “given by hipster” modifies the noun parties ; (7) perpositional phrase: “by hipsters” modifies the passive participle given . In subsequent sentences I shall provide numbers but leave the reader to identify the structures, which will appear in varying orders, so as to avoide cluttering the discussion with labyrinthine explanations like this one.


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