Infinitives look like verbs, but they actually function as nouns. Consider the following sentences:
Infinitives can be made with just about any verb: to do, to be, to go, to make, to take, to see, to get–as long as you use the simple form of the verb. Infinitives can’t be used with past tense or continuous forms:
Verbs such as need and want often use the infinitive:
I like to listen to the radio.
(Infinitives are often used after the verb “like.”)
|He likes to eat popcorn when he goes to see a movie.|
To play in the snow is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
(The infinitive appears at the beginning of the sentences. This sounds very formal.)
He went downstairs to get some coffee.
(The infinitive is often used to explain why someone does something.)
He plays the guitar in order to relax.
(“in order” is similar to “because” and it introduces an explanation.)