To (Showing the Infinitive Form of a Verb)

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The word "to" is used in expressions like "to walk," "to run," "to paint," etc. (These are all verbs in their infinitive forms.)

The Word "To" in an Infinitive Verb

Occasionally, there is confusion over the words "to" and "too." The word "to" has two uses. The one covered on this page is the use of "to" to show the infinitive form of a verb.

All the uses of "to" and "too" are shown in the lesson the difference between "to" and "too."

Examples of "To" Showing an Infinitive Verb

Here are some examples of "to" marking an infinitive verb:
  • There are many options to consider.
  • ("to consider" in its infinitive form)
  • Anthony will have to find a bottle and join the party.
  • ("to find" in its infinitive form)
  • I explained why I had no time too mow the lawn.
  • (should be "to mow")
  • You must learn to listen more carefully.
Infinitive Form

Verbs are doing words like "to dance," "to sit," "to fly," and "to think."

When "to" is in front of a verb, the verb is said to be in its "infinitive form." For example:
  • She likes to dance.
  • (This is the verb "to dance" in its infinitive form.)
  • She dances.
  • (This is the verb "to dance" not in its infinitive form.)
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Summary of "To" and "Too"

This infographic summarizes the different uses of "to" and "too":

to or too?
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See Also

Another test on "too" and "to" What is the infinitive form of a verb? What are split infinitives? What are verbs? To and too (meaning as well) To and too (meaning in excess) To (preposition) and too