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08 / 03 / 2006

TO INFINITIVE VERB: meaning and examples

Good morning, Today we are going to explain when to use the structure TO INFINITIVE VERB. Then we will contrast this form with FOR. TO INFINITIVE VERB We use TO INFINITIVE VERB in these situations: (1) to say WHY we do something. We are indicating the purpose of the action. (2) to say WHY something exists or WHY we want/need/have something. Example 1: She left the room to answer her telephone. Example 2: I am going to Dublin next summer to study English. Example 3: I need the remote control to turn on the television and the DVD player. Example 4 Can you lend me your car? I want to go to the shopping centre outside of town. Please note that we can use the word TO in many other situations. Here, we are using this form to indicate PURPOSE (to say WHY we do something). Here are some typical INCORRECT translations of this structure: (INCORRECT) I watch films in original version for improve my English. (CORRECT) I watch films in original version to improve my English. (INCORRECT) Harry went to the post office for sending a letter. (CORRECT) Harry went to the post office to send a letter. Tomorrow we will learn how to use the structure with FOR. If you would like to ask any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a wonderful day!

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