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Perfect Infinitives

Perfect infinitives can have the same meaning as perfect tenses or past tenses. It is nice to have heard from her. (= It is nice that I have heard from her.) I’m glad to have won. (= I...

Perfect Infinitive (Have + Past Participle)

Perfect infinitives (have + past participle) can be used after modal verbs could, might, ought, should, would and needn’t to refer to unreal situations. I could have married her if I wanted to. (I didn’t marry her.) That was dangerous –...

Infinitive

Infinitives are forms like (to) write and (to) read. Infinitives are generally used with the marker to. Note that this to is not a preposition; after the preposition to we use –ing forms. I...