An infinitive verb is the word ‘to’ followed by a verb.

Examples of Common Infinitive Verbs

  • To be
  • To dream
  • To have
  • To hold
  • To look
  • To read
  • To right
  • To sleep
  • To throw
  • To want

Infinitive Verbs Acting as Nouns

  • We decided not to go out.
  • To learn is very important.
  • I want to swim in the pool.
  • To cruise in a car is not allowed here.
  • The most important thing is not to give up.
  • To be funny is the goal of comedians.
  • He reminded her to go downtown.
  • To dance is my little girl’s dream.
  • I would like to thank you for coming out tonight.
  • To go to college is a good idea.
  • He does not like to drink soda from a can.
  • I forgot to take my vitamins today.
  • To fix a car requires skills and tools.

Infinitive Verbs as Modifiers

  • I bought a patch to stop smoking.
  • We are going to sleep now.
  • She is reading carefully to understand fully.
  • Mary requested to see you.
  • The best method to use is the hands-on method.
  • It is pleasant to listen to the rain on the roof.
  • The Superbowl is the game to watch.
  • He certainly gave me something to think about.
  • Billie is finally ready to go.
  • I climbed the mountain to see the view.

Infinitive Verbs Following Certain Verbs

  • I can’t afford to eat out tonight.
  • Do you swear to tell the truth?
  • Mom volunteered to make cookies for the bake sale.
  • He appears to have the measles.
  • They planned to go on a road trip.
  • He would prefer to eat steak.
  • She claimed to have been home on the night in question.
  • Sam offered to help me study.
  • The company decided to give everyone a raise.
  • I can arrange to have the day off.
  • Dave failed to come to work on time.

Infinitive Verbs in Literature and Quotes

  • I love to eat. I love to read about food. I love to look into shop windows at food. – The Grand Surprise by Leo Lerman
  • It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain
  • Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. – Will Rogers
  • Until the advent of television emptied the movie theaters, it was from a weekly visit to the cinema that you learned (or tried to learn) how to walk, to smoke, to kiss, to fight, to grieve. – The Decay of Cinema by Susan Sontag
  • A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. – Fred Allen
  • To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. – President Theodore Roosevelt
  • An enormous relief had come upon us now that the job was done. One felt an impulse to sing, to break into a run, to snigger. – A Hanging by George Orwell
  • To walk beside my father down Sixth Street was to hear the asphalt sing. – The Centaur by John Updike

Now you have lots of different examples of infinitive verbs.

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