Infinitive ( -to )
In lesson 1 of this chapter, we studied verbs with -ing. Now we will see verbs with -to.
The infinitive is used after some verbs;
I hope to see you again.
I learnt to speak English.
As can be seen in these two examples, when a verb comes after “hope” and “learn”, it is used with -to. We call this infinitive (- to ).
Now let us see the verbs that must be followed by -to in this way;
|Hope learn agree ask want afford promise pretend intend prefer choose help
In the same way, some adjectives are followed by – to;
I am happy to see you.
It is difficult to finish.
|Difficult happy possible simple
When we ask someone to do something;
He forced me to obey him.
He persuaded me to gossip.
Verbs used in this way are:
|Persuade – force – allow – teach