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


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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