Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Infinitive

Infinitive

An infinitive is the base form of a verb. It is unmarked for inflectional categories such as the following:

  • Aspect
  • Modality
  • Number
  • Person
  • Tense

In English, the infinitive form may be used alone or in conjunction with the particle to.

Page/s: 100
Source: Pei and Gaynor 1954

Pei, Mario A., and Frank Gaynor. 1954.A dictionary of linguistics. New York: Philosophical Library.

Page/s: 156
Source: Palmer 1986

Palmer, F. R. 1986.Mood and modality. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University.

Page/s: 619
Source: Mish 1991

Mish, Frederick (editor). 1991.Webster's ninth new collegiate dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1,564 pages. 0877795088; indexed 0877795096; deluxe 087779510X.

Page/s: 111
Source: Hartmann and Stork 1972

Hartmann, R.R.K., and F.C. Stork. 1972.Dictionary of language and linguistics. London: Applied Science.

Page/s: 184
Source: Crystal 1980

Crystal, David. 1980.A first dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Boulder, CO: Westview.

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