THE INFINITIVE

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| |Indefinite |Continuous |Perfect |Perfect Continuous | |Active |(not) (to) do |(not) (to) be doing |(not) (to) have done |(not) (to) have been doing | |Passive |(not) (to) be done | – |(not) (to) have been done |– | |Distinctions |Simultaneous/posterior actions |Prior actions | | |denotes an incomplete action simultaneous |denotes an action in progress simultaneous |denotes a completed action prior to that of the finite verb |denotes an action of some duration prior to that of the | | |with or posterior to that of the finite |with or posterior to that of the finite | |finite verb | | |verb |verb | | |

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InfinitiveTHE INFINITIVE| |Indefinite |Continuous |Perfect |Perfect Continuous | |Active |(not) (to) do |(not) (to) be doing |(not) (to) have done |(not) (to) have been doing | |Passive |(not) (to) be done | |(not) (to) have been done | | |Distinctions |Simultaneous/posterior actions |Prior actions | | |denotes an incomplete action simultaneous |denotes an action in progress simultaneous |denotes a completed action prior to that of the finite verb |denotes an action of some duration prior to that of the | | |with or posterior to that of the finite |with or posterior to that of the finite | |finite verb | | |verb |verb | | | |Examples |I want(ed) to write my test well. |Mike is/was lucky not to be having problems|She claims/ed to have won a lot of money. |It is/was annoying to have been waiting for his letters | | | |now/then. | |for quite a time. | | |I expect(ed) to be promoted soon. | |His new novel is known to have been published already. | | |Corresponding verb |Present/Future/Past Indefinite |Present/Future/Past Continuous |Past Indefinite/Present Perfect/Past Perfect |Past Continuous/ Present Perfect Continuous/ Past | |tenses |Future Indefinite in the Past |Future Continuous in the Past |Future Perfect/ Future Perfect in the Past |Perfect Continuous/ | | | | | |Future Perfect Continuous/ | | | | | |Future Perfect Continuous in the Past |Note 1: We use noun + infinitive to talk about obligations things that people have to do. Active and passive infini

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