In this English lesson you will learn some other ways to use the infinitive in English. This lesson is useful for people at B2 First level or higher in English.
You no doubt know the most common ways to use the infinitive. This lesson will help you learn more about this interesting grammar structure.
Connective link + only (surprise or disappointment)
Have a look at these examples to see how we the infinitive in English.
- When I realised that it was 5.25pm I raced to the bank only to find that it was closed.
- I went to buy a new iPhone only to be told that they had sold out. So I had to wait two more weeks.
- Beth returned to the party to find Pete only to see him kissing another girl. She never spoke to him again.
After certain nouns – ability, demand, failure, offer, plan, etc.
- His failure to win the contract meant he had to close his business. He has never been so disappointed.
- Your refusal to listen to what people say is your biggest weakness. Please try to change.
- The government’s plan to invest in local communities was a total failure.
After too, enough, so…as
Have a look at these examples to see how this structure works.
- My son was too excited to sleep.
- It’s too early to go to bed so let’s watch TV.
- He’s old enough to know better.
- Would you be so kind as to open the door? My hands are wet.
So there you go. Some alternative ways to use the infinitive in English.
Remember to start using them in your speech and writing as soon a possible.
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