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infinitive

in·fin·i·tive

infinitive

pronunciation:
ihn fI nih tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: in grammar, the form of a verb that is unmarked for person, tense, or aspect, and that functions as a noun, adjective, or complement, such as "to leave" in "To leave now would be a mistake".
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part of speech: adjective
definition: characterized by or having an infinitive.
an infinitive phrase
Word Parts
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).