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Infinitives are defined as to + base form of the verb. They have several functions.
1. Used as subjects and subject complements.
To know me is to love me.
To live in Hawaii is my lifetime dream.
2. Used as objects following certain verbs*.
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your gift.
He hesitated to ask the embarrassing question.
3. Used as a shortened form of in order to.
You must take this medicine (in order) to get well.
I went to the bank to cash a check.
4. Infinitives can sometimes take objects of their own.
We hope to find the person who did this.
I was asked to make a dessert for the potluck dinner.
*These verbs are commonly followed by infinitives.
afford agree appear arrange ask attempt
beg begin care choose claim consent
decide demand deserve desire expect fail
forget go happen hate hesitate hope
intend know how learn like love manage
mean need neglect offer plan prefer
prepare pretend promise refuse regret remember
seem start stop struggle swear tend
threaten try volunteer wait want wish
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