Usage of Bare Infinitives I’ve read a book that says “We use the bare infinitive for the second infinitive when two infinitives are joined by ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘except’, ‘but’, ‘than’, ‘as’ or ‘like’.”, and it gives this relevant example ‘This evening, I need to call and book our cinema tickets.’ I don’t have any problems with this example, but I’ve no idea on how to apply this rule in sentences with the above-mentioned words (other than ‘and’ and ‘or’). Could someone please help give some example sentences containing these words for my better understanding? Looking forward to your help. Thank you in advance.What I meant by ‘… how to apply this rule on sentences …’ is that I couldn’t think of sentences in which two infinitives are joined by the words ‘but’, ‘except’, ‘than’, ‘as’ and ‘like’. I really hope that someone can help me by giving some relevant examples for my reference. Thanks!Can these sentences I made be used as examples of the rule mentioned in my question? Are they grammatically correct? 1) Would you like to stay over or leave now? 2) I’m going to finish all the work by myself but leave this difficult part to Tommy. 3) Susanne is always willing to help me with everything except do the washing-up.
May 6, 2016 9:10 AM
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They are just saying that you don't need to use "to" twice. Otherwise, the sentence would read "I need to call and to book our cinema tickets." Normally you would drop the second "to". "I need to go to the store and buy some food.," rather than "I need to go to the store and to buy some food." "I want to run a mile and fight a bear," rather than "I want to run a mile and to fight a bear."
May 6, 2016
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