The Use of the Infinitive

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1. As Subject: To visit her is always a pleasure. To take money from him would be like robbing a child.

2. As Predicate: Why lose your temper over a little thing like that? Why not get there right away?

3. As Attribute: There is only one way to do it. Andrew was the third to be interviewed.

4. As Adverbial Modifier: -of purpose: I did my best to stop her. -of comparison: I should have known better than to expect to find it. -of condition: To hear him talk, you would think he was a celebrity. -of exception: What could he do but smile. -of consequence: He was old enough to be her father. -of attending circumstances: Miss Black is below, Sir, with a carriage to take you home.

5. As Parenthesis: To put it mildly, she is just a bit inquisitive. To tell the truth, I hate Mondays.

6. As Object: I came to know him well towards the end of the war. I am curious to know the news.

7. As Subjective Predicative: I have been advised to rest. The victim is believed to have been poisoned.

8. As a second action accompanying the Action of the Predicate Verb: Alice arrived in time to hear Tom's remark. He turned to find her sad, calm eyes upon him.

9. As Predicative: The job of a reporter is to expose and record. To influence a person is to give him one's thoughts.

10. As Objective Predicative: I must ask you to ring him up tonight. I never took him to be a brute.

11. As Part of a Compound Verbal Predicate: He seemed to know all about it. I happened to have been enquiring whether all the invitations had been sent out.