What is the difference between the infinitive and the bare infinitive?

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infinitive and bare infinitive

We use the terms infinitive and bare infinitive to refer to the form of the verb in a sentence.

An infinitive verb is a base form of a verb such as work, talk, travel, go, run after the particle to. For example:

  • to work
  • to talk
  • to travel
  • to run
  • to go

On the other hand, a bare infinitive is the form of a verb without the article to, as seen in the list below:

  • work
  • _ talk
  • travel
  • run
  • go

We use the bare infinitive with auxiliary verbs such as will, would, must, can, could, shall, should, do, did.

Here are some example sentences:

  • He will go to the doctor tomorrow.
  • I could travel around the world but I don’t have enough money.
  • They must finish the project by tomorrow evening.
  • The students should study for the exam but they aren’t motivated.
  • “You should invite your cousins to the wedding” the bride’s mother advised her.

We can also use the bare infinitive with certain prepositions such as save, but, except.

For example:

  • The new parents are so lucky as the baby does anything except cry, she laughs, she smiles but she never cries!

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