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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #105732: Infinitive, continued !
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    Infinitive, continued !

    As we have seen in lesson 105721 test the infinitive clause is built following this construction :


    SUBJECT + VERBE 1+ COMPLEMENT + COMPLETE INFINITIVE of Verb 2  (the complement is the subject of verb 2)

        I        WANT                 HIM                             TO HELP        ME.


    We have studied how to build this clause with verbs of willpower, order, preference, and refusal. Building to want, was especially problematic to you ... I hope you can do it easily now ...

    ex : The students didn't want the teacher to give them a test ...

    ex : The policeman ordered me to show him my ID.

    ex : I'd prefer him to give me an answer immediately.

    The INFINITIVE CLAUSE  is also used :


    1) To invite people to act (or not to act if the verb is in the negative) after many verbs : to invite - to advise - to allow - to permit - to enable - to help - to teach (how to) - to challenge - to encourage - to persuade - to ask - to requireto request - to beg - to implore - to urge - to press - to warn

    ex : I advise you to revise your lesson before doing your exercises.

    ex : Patricia's mother asked the kids to tidy up their rooms before going out.

    ex : He implored/begged/urged his parents not to punish him this time ....


    2) An infinitive clause is also used to express expectation, or to use verbs expressing confidence : to expect - to wait for - to depend on him to - to rely - to trust

    ex : She expects you not to make noise while she's working.

    ex : I'm waiting for you to come to meet me.

    ex : The little boy relies on you to help him cross that dangerous road.


    3)Some infinitive clauses do NOT depend on verbs :

    * after expressions like : It’s time (for them to ...) ; There’s no need (for him to ...).

    ex : There's no need for you to come with her ... She's old enough to come alone.


    * to express a goal, a purpose (introduced by 'for'):

    ex : I've left the window open for the cat to come in ...


    * In 'impersonal expressions', used with 'for',  following a great number of adjectives : it’s difficult, easy, hardimpossible, important, natural, necessary, usual, unusual, vital ...

    ex : It will be necessary for them to go to the Embassy right away.

    ex : It's too hard for him to repeat what he doesn't understand. 

    ex : It's unusual for my sister to be up so early !


    Ready ? In the following exercise, we'll follow a fan's fight to get his ticket to a Dream Show on Broadway ... I hope you'll find that easy ...







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    I so generous to me for my birthday : He has offered me two tickets to a show on Broadway, and here I am, with my vouchers, to get my tickets for tomorrow night.
    I my dream, and he did, in an extraordinary way ... It I would go to a show on Broadway, but here I am, now, , and the tickets I'll have will : 'Wicked', my Dream show, with my best friend.
    Nigel very early and be ready to wait for long ... and said it would really the desired tickets. All it required was , and wait in the middle of this huge line, pushed and jostled in all ways ... the famous Sesames : I for what I really wanted ... My parents and so had Nigel. Soon, I'd be holding that door-opener and tomorrow I'll think that after all, it , to see those wonders, to feel that thrill ... Being trampled on was well worthwhile ...

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