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    Using P-words as Infinitive Markers

    Using P-words as Infinitive Markers

    P-words are defined as prepositions and adverbs that no longer perform prepositional or adverbial functions. P-words are function words, which are defined as words that perform definite grammatical functions but that lack definite lexical meaning.

    In grammar, an infinitive marker is a function words that distinguishes the base form from the infinitive form of an English verb. P-words are the only grammatical from that perform the grammatical function of infinitive marker in English, specifically the p-word to. Examples of p-words as infinitive markers include the following:

    • to be
    • to sleep
    • to dream
    • to awake
    • to smile
    • to wander hopelessly
    • to read a book
    • to not split an infinitive
    • to look the information up
    • to listen to the music

    P-word as Infinitive Marker

    P-word as Infinitive Marker

    References

    Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The linguistic structure of Modern English, 2nd edn. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
    Hopper, Paul J. 1999. A short course in grammar. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
    Huddleston, Rodney. 1984. Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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