Infinitive represented by “to”
The infinitive with to is called the full infinitive, or the to-infinitive
Here are some exercises on Infinitives
In each of the following pairs of sentences an infinitive used in the first sentence is repeated in the second. Read the sentences, expressing this second infinitive by to only.
- Note that where the second infinitive has an object, this word/phrase must be omitted.
Why didn’t you tell me the truth the first time?
I meant to tell you the truth but I was too frightened.
I meant to but I was too frightened.
1 Did you visit the Pyramids? ~No, I wanted to visit them but there wasn’t time.
2 Why do you wear dark glasses? ~ I have to wear them; I have weak eyes.
3 Do you smoke? ~No, I used to smoke but I don’t now.
4 Would you like to go to the theatre tonight? ~ Yes, I’d love to go to the theatre.
5 Why didn’t you pay the bill for him? ~ I offered to pay it but he refused.
6 Have you put the car in the garage? ~ No, but I’m just going to put it there.
7 I want you two to apologize to each other.
~ Well. lam willing to apologize it he apologizes first.
8 Did you reserve seats on the train?
~No. I tried to reserve them but they had all been booked already.
9 Did you answer the letter? ~No, I intended to answer it but I’m afraid I forgot
10 Why didn’t you hit him? ~ I was afraid to hit him.
11 I’d love to spend a night in a haunted room. ~ I’d hate to spend a night in a haunted room.
12 Why didn’t you ask your father for the money? ~ I didn’t like to ask him.
13 Did you get a chance to fly the aeroplane yourself?
~ No, I wanted to fly it but the pilot wouldn’t let me.
14 Why doesn’t he punish his boys when they disobey him?
~ He often threatens to punish them but he never actually does so.
15 Why didn’t he repair the car himself? ~ He wasn’t able to repair it.
16 I used to drink whisky with my meals.
~I used to drink whisky with my meals also but I don’t now.
17 Did you buy sausages?~No, I meant to buy them but I forgot.
18 Why doesn’t he try again?~ He doesn’t want to try again.
19 You should visit the Prado when you are in Madrid.~ Yes. I intend to visit it.
20 Why doesn’t he play games? ~His mother doesn’t want him to play games.
21 You ought to stop work now. ~ Yes, I am just going to stop.
22 Why do some jockeys carry extra weights?
~ They are obliged to carry them by the regulations.
23 Did he help you?~No, I asked him to help me but he said he hadn’t time.
24 You should have thanked her before you left.
~I meant to thank her but when I was going I couldn’t find her anywhere.
25 Why did she put parsley in the soup?~I told her to put it in.
26 Why didn’t he report it to the police?
~He was afraid to report it. He didn’t think they’d believe him.
27 Why did he drive so fast?
~He had to drive fast; otherwise he’d have missed his train.
28 You used to like rice pudding. ~Yes, I know I used to like it but I don’t now.
29 Why didn’t you buy the car? ~ I was advised not to buy it.
30 I hope the children won’t go near the water. ~ I warned them not to go near it.
31 Why are we trying to get planning permission?
~ We have to get planning permission. It is the law.
32 I meant to work hard. ~I know you meant to work hard but you didn’t.
33 Do the boys tidy their own rooms?
~They are supposed to tidy them but they don’t always.
34 Why didn’t he call the police.
~He wasn’t able to call them. His telephone line had been cut.
35 Why did you move your car? ~The policeman told me to move it.
36 Why did you bring your mother-in-law? I particularly asked you not to bring her.