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Definition of infinitive. Meaning of infinitive. Synonyms of infinitive

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Definition of infinitive

Infinitive
Infinitive In*fin"i*tive, n. [L. infinitivus: cf. F. infinitif. See Infinite.] Unlimited; not bounded or restricted; undefined. Infinitive mood (Gram.), that form of the verb which merely names the action, and performs the office of a verbal noun. Some grammarians make two forms in English: (a) The simple form, as, speak, go, hear, before which to is commonly placed, as, to speak; to go; to hear. (b) The form of the imperfect participle, called the infinitive in -ing; as, going is as easy as standing. Note: With the auxiliary verbs may, can, must, might, could, would, and should, the simple infinitive is expressed without to; as, you may speak; they must hear, etc. The infinitive usually omits to with the verbs let, dare, do, bid, make, see, hear, need, etc.; as, let me go; you dare not tell; make him work; hear him talk, etc. Note: In Anglo-Saxon, the simple infinitive was not preceded by to (the sign of modern simple infinitive), but it had a dative form (sometimes called the gerundial infinitive) which was preceded by to, and was chiefly employed in expressing purpose. See Gerund, 2. Note: The gerundial ending (-anne) not only took the same form as the simple infinitive (-an), but it was confounded with the present participle in -ende, or -inde (later -inge).
Infinitive
Infinitive In*fin"i*tive, n. (Gram.) An infinitive form of the verb; a verb in the infinitive mood; the infinitive mood.
Infinitive
Infinitive In*fin"i*tive, adv. (Gram.) In the manner of an infinitive mood.

Meaning of infinitive from wikipedia

- infinitive (abbreviated inf) is a grammatical term referring to certain verb forms existing in many languages, most often used as non-finite verbs. as
- a split infinitive or cleft infinitive is a grammatical construction in which a word or phrase comes between the to and the bare infinitive of the to
- the ancient gr**** infinitive is a non-finite verb form with no endings for person, number, tense and mood. it is used mainly to express acts, situations
- in grammar, accusative and infinitive is the name for a syntactic construction of latin and gr****, also found in various forms in other languages such
- (infinitive sessions) is the fourth studio album by the italian experimental rock band star****ers, released in 2002. blues off drive on off blues eternal
- clause by another verb. this second subordinated verb can be in either the infinitive (both full and bare) or gerund forms. an example appears in the sentence
- the infinitive of go is a 1980 science fiction novel by john brunner. the novel revolves around a teleportation technology which is being developed. it
- of an independent clause. most nonfinite verbs found in english are infinitives, participles and gerunds. (they sometimes are called verbals, but that