The Infinitive and the bare infinitive are important grammar terms in English. In order to understand sentence construction and grammar, it’s crucial that you know them.
This is the base form of a verb. It is just the verb plus the preposition “to” in front of the verb (to + verb). For example, the base form of the verb bring is “to bring.” Hence, the infinitive of the verb bring is “to bring.”
Similarly, the infinitive of the verb take is “to take.”
A few examples:
Clear to clear
Preserve to preserve
Write to write
Turn to turn
The bare infinitive of a verb is its infinitive without “to” (
to + verb). For example, the infinitive of the verb cool is “to cool.” Correct? Now, remove “to” from the infinitive. Then we have the bare infinitive, which is “cool.” Basically, you just remove “to” from the infinitive to form the bare infinitive.
Infinitive Bare Infinitive
To play Play
To tell Tell
To marry Marry
To celebrate Celebrate