Infinitive Phrases





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Infinitive Phrases :


An infinitive phrase consists of an infinitive — the root of the verb preceded by
to — and any modifiers or complements associated with it. Infinitive phrases can act as adjectives, adverbs, and nouns.


  • Her plan to subsidize child care won wide acceptance among urban politicians. [modifies plan, functions as an adjective]



  • She wanted to raise taxes. [noun-object of the sentence]



  • To watch Uncle Billy tell this story is an eye-opening experience. [noun-subject of the sentence]



  • To know her is to love her. [noun, predicate nominative]



  • Juan went to college to study veterinary medicine. [tells us why he went, so it's an adverb]




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  • Absolute Phrases


  • Appositive Phrases


  • Gerund Phrases


  • Infinitive Phrases


  • Noun Phrases


  • Participial Phrases


  • Prepositional Phrases











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