Infinitive as a Subject

Infinitive as a Subject - The infinitive may be used as the...

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Infinitive as a Subject The infinitive of the verb is the unconjugated verb form whose English meaning expresses “to” — to  sing, to dance, to laugh, and so on. Although the infinitive is a verb form, it may be used as a subject,  as a command, and as part of interrogative and exclamatory phrases. Certain French verbs are  followed directly by the infinitive, while others require a preposition before the infinitive. Almost all  prepositions are followed by an infinitive. Adjectives and nouns that are modified by an infinitive  require a preposition before the infinitive.
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Unformatted text preview: The infinitive may be used as the subject noun of a verb and may be translated as an English gerund (the -ing form of the verb) or an English infinitive (the to form of the verb): • Cuisiner est un art. ( Cooking is an art.) • Voir c'est croire. (Seeing is believing. ) • Dire la vérité est important. ( To tell the truth is important.) Note that ce is used before être + infinitive. In the following example, the infinitive vouloir follows c'est: • Vouloir c'est pouvoir. (To want to is to be able to.)...
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