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infinitive

in·fin·i·tive

infinitive

pronunciation:
ihn fI nih tihv
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part of speech: noun
definition: the simple form of a verb that has no subject and does not show the time of an action. It is usually formed by the word "to" followed by the base form of a verb. In the sentence, "I want to leave now," "to leave" is an infinitive.
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The word infinitive contains the following parts:
fin Latin root that means end, limit
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).