Example sentences for: infinitive

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

  • A carelessness about inflection in Pepys's day is shown above with the examples of the objective I and who . Rarer back then was the use of whole phrases as single words as, for instance: to quickly and efficiently do this job, where the verb and two adverbs are treated together as a so-called split infinitive marked by to, instead of the prescribed to do this job quickly and efficiently, where only do is the infinitive marked as such by to and modified by two adverbs.

  • Aimer then serves, in the imperfect subjunctive, as the auxiliary verb and is followed by jumbo frankfurter , which is of course an infinitive.

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

  • Not everyone can always be sure of everything, but it has always seemed to me that one of the functions of education is to implant doubt in a student's mind: in other words, it is not so important that he remember, a dozen years after leaving school, what a dangling modifier, split infinitive, agreement between the number of a subject and its verb, etc., might mean, but the process of education should have created a (minor) circuit in the brain of the pupil so that when a certain situation is encountered later on, he acknowledge a nagging suspicion that there might be something wrong and that it would be best were he to look it up in an authoritative source to see what is written there by people who know such things.

  • When the maître d' brought it over, I nearly split an infinitive: the syntax alone was astronomical!

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