Bare infinitive

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The bare infinitive is the form of the verb without "to".

The bare infinitive is used:

  • as the main verb after the auxiliary verb do, or most modal auxiliary verbs (will, can, etc.): "I will go" (I will to go);
  • after had better: "You had better ask him";
  • with the verb help: "She helped him finish it";
  • with why: "Why do it later?".

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