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Infinitive: Quiz


Question 1: The formation of the infinitive in the Romance languages reflects that in their ancestor, ________, almost all verbs had an infinitive ending with -re (preceded by one of various thematic vowels).
Vulgar LatinLatinRoman EmpireOld Latin

Question 2: One does not say *I asked to do not have to, but rather, either I asked not to have to or I asked to not have to (but see ________).
19th centuryEnglish languageSplit infinitiveOld English

Question 3: The bare infinitive is used as the main verb after the dummy auxiliary verb do, or most ________ (such as will, can, or should).
Modal verbAdverbPreposition and postpositionPossessive adjective

Question 4: They function as other ________ — usually nouns — within the clauses that contain them, for example by serving as the subject of another verb.
Grammatical particleClassifier (linguistics)Preposition and postpositionLexical category

Question 5: For example, English ________ and participles have most of these properties as well.
NounArticle (grammar)GerundPreposition and postposition

Question 6: (However, a ________ is often preferred for this — "Being is doing" would be more natural than the abstract and philosophical sounding "To be is to do."[1])
NounArticle (grammar)GerundPreposition and postposition

Question 7: To form the first infinitive, the strong form of the root (without ________ or epenthetic 'e') is used, and these changes occur:
Consonant gradationVowel harmonyLenitionPalatalization

Question 8: The ________, can, may, shall, will and must are defective in that they do not have infinitives; so, one cannot say, *I want him to can do it, but rather must say, I want him to be able to do it.
Modal verbPreposition and postpositionPossessive adjectiveAdverb

Question 9: (The other two are the past- and present-participle forms, where the present-participle form is also the ________ form.) In English, a verb's infinitive is its unmarked form, such as be, do, have, or sit, often introduced by the particle to.
GerundArticle (grammar)NounPreposition and postposition

Question 10: Similarly, the Modern Greek for "I want to write", as opposed to the ________ ἐθέλω γράφειν (lit.
Aeolic GreekAttic GreekDoric GreekAncient Greek


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