Definition and Function of Bare Infinitive

Definition and Function of Bare Infinitive

Definition and Function of Bare Infinitive

Definition and Function of Bare Infinitive

       As we have discussed about definition of verb before, that a verb is the action word in a sentence that describe what the subject is doing.  And in this session, we’d like to continue discussing about verb, in this case we will discuss about Bare Infinitive. For this we are going to discuss about definition of Bare Infinitive and its function. (Also read : Difference Between Farther and Further)

This is the material about Definition of Bare Infinitive and its Function:

Definition of Bare Infinitive

Bare Infinitive is an infinitive verb that’s not preceded by the particle to.

Example:

  • Walk (bare infinitive)
  • To walk (to infinitive)
  • Play (bare infinitive)
  • To play (to infinitive)

Examples in sentences:

  • They go. (go = bare infinitive)
  • Rina can sing English song. (sing = bare infinitive)
  • She made me cry. (cry = bare infinitive)
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Function (Use) of Bare Infinitive

  1. The bare infinitive is used as the main verb after the auxiliary verb ‘do’

Examples:

  • Don’t be late!
  • Do you want some tea?
  • He didn’t eat meat.
  1. The bare infinitive is used as the main verb after the auxiliary modal (should, can, will, may, must, etc)

Examples:

  • She must go.
  • We will do the exam.
  • Rama can change his habit.
  1. The bare infinitive is used after verbs of perception (see, hear)

Examples;

  • Several witnesses saw the boy leave the sidewalk.
  • I heard a famous opera singer sing at the concert last night.
  1. The bare infinitive is used after the verbs make and let

Example:

  • My sister made me try it.
  • My teacher made me apologize for what I had said.
  • somebody makes you wear that ugly hat.
  • He let me go out.
  • Don’t let me cry!

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  1. The bare infinitive is used after the expressions had better and would rather.

Examples:

  • I’d rather work on the land than work in a factory
  • I’d rather be a teacher than an officer.
  • He’d rather go by bicycle.
  • You had better take some warm clothing.
  • They had better work harder on their grammar!
  • We’d better go home now.

       I think that’s all the grammar material about Definition of Bare Infinitive we can share for this occasion. We hope the post about definition of Bare Infinitive and its function above can be useful to improve our English, especially about grammar material. (Also read other article at : UAS Bahasa Inggris Kelas 10 Semester 2)

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