How to use
used before the basic form of a verb to show that it is in the infinitive
used after a verb, noun, or adjective when an
completes its meaning
We tried to explain.
It was starting to rain.
The manager asked them to leave.
an attempt to escape
Have you got permission to stay here?
Our team's certain to win.
Are you ready to start?
This delicious dessert is easy to make
you can make it easily
used by itself instead of an
in order to avoid repeating the same verb
You can drive today if you want to
if you want to drive
I could have helped, but nobody asked me to.
used after a word such as 'how', 'where', 'who', 'what', or 'whether' to refer to an action about which someone is not certain
I know where to go but I don't know how to get there.
She wondered whether or not to trust him.
used to show a purpose or intention
They left early to catch the 7.30 train.
To find out more about university courses, write to this address.
We need more money to improve transport in London.
used to refer to an action or state, when describing it
It's nice to be wanted.
He's finding it hard to cope.
To say I am disappointed is an understatement.
The simplest solution would be to increase the price.
used to say what can or cannot be done, or what should be done
You'll soon be old enough to vote in elections.
He did not have the energy to resist.
I'm too tired to go out tonight.
used after the verb 'be' to give an order or to state arrangements for the future
You are to wait here until I return.
They are to be married on May 25th.
used to say what someone discovers or experiences when they do something
He arrived there to find that the last train had already left.
The princess stepped ashore to be greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of admirers.
She woke to see Ben standing by the window.
used to say what your attitude or purpose is in saying something
I've never heard of him, to be quite honest.
To begin with, let's look at Chapter 3.
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