The ordinary infinitive is the simplest form of the verb. Examples are: (to) work, (to) know, (to) earn, (to) break, (to) write. Note that that to is not really a part of the infinitive. In fact, infinitives can be used with or without the marker to.
Besides the ordinary infinitive, there are also progressive, perfect and passive infinitives. In this lesson, we will learn about progressive infinitives.
Progressive infinitive: (to) be ...ing.
Like other progressive forms, the progressive infinitive is used to talk about actions or situations that are / were / will be continuing at around the time we are talking about.
- It is nice to be sitting here in the garden listening to some soft music.
- I noticed that they seemed to be quarreling a lot.
- She seemed to be worrying a lot.
The progressive infinitive is used to form the future continuous test.
- This time tomorrow, I will be flying to Athens.
Note that in this case, the infinitive is used without to.
- I will be giving a presentation at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.
- Donít call them now. They will be having lunch.
- This time tomorrow, I will be playing in the garden with my kids.
Sections in this article
The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense
Tenses worksheet for grade 10 CBSE
CBSE class 10 English grammar - sentence completion exercise 1
CBSE class 10 English grammar - sentence completion exercise 2