Verb + to + bare infinitive - Free english lesson
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The construction verb + to + bare infinitive is used when the first verb expresses a cause, a desire, an opinion, it is often followed by to + verb.
I didn't expect to see him.

« To » also represents the idea that something is taken into consideration.
I want to take a shower.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the main verbs followed by « to + verb » :
Agree
Ask
Choose
Decide
Expect
Hesitate
Hope
Manage
Offer
Promise
Refuse
Wait
Want
Wish


In the negative form, not and never are placed before to :
I promise not to see him again.
I swear never to do it again, Mum.

Special constructions :

The following verbs can be followed by an interrogative word + to + verb : ask, decide, know, explain, tell, ...
They didn't know how to get there.

As for the construction verb + object + to + verb, an object is compulsory between the first verb and « to ». We find it after the verbs expressing an interpersonal relationship (non-exhaustive list) :
Advise
Allow
Encourage
Get
Help
Order
Persuade
Recommend
Tell
Warn

I persuaded my sister to read this book.


Remark : Some of these verbs are followed by – ing when the object is missing.
She didn't allow me to come in her house.
She doesn't allow coming in her house.



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