Infinitive without to

The Infinitive without to – Examples

After the following we use the infinitive without to:

1. after auxiliaries/modals

  • can

    I can help you.

  • could

    We could do this together.

  • may

    I may be better at the weekend.

  • might

    I might be better at the weekend.

  • must

    I must go now.

  • mustn’t

    You mustn’t park there.

  • needn’t

    You needn’t stay at work any longer.

  • shall

    We shall overcome the obstacles.

  • should

    You should see a doctor.

  • will

    She will meet me at the station.

  • would

    She would wait for me everyday at the gate.

2. after the auxiliary do

  • do

    All I did was for nothing.

3. after the following structures

  • had better

    You had better tidy up that mess.

  • would rather

    I would rather talk about it later.

  • would sooner

    I would sooner visit the dentist than talk to him.

  • why not

    Why not buy her flowers for her birthday?

  • why should we

    Why should we wait any longer?

  • why should we not

    Why should we not go now?

4. after verbs of perception + object + infinitive (action has finished)

  • feel

    She felt the hot sun burn her skin.

  • hear

    I heard the doorbell ring.

  • notice

    Susan noticed the boy jump over the wall.

  • see

    She saw him climb onto the roof.

  • watch

    watched the police arrest the criminals.

5. after let

  • let + object + infinitive without to

    Sandy lets her children stay up very late.

  • let’s

    Let’s go for a walk.

6. after make + objectinfinitive without to

  • make

    She made him give the money back.