♔ INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO

key_small After the following phrases we use the infinitive WITHOUT  TO in English:

 

1. After Auxiliaries / Modals:

        CAN

        COULD

        MUST

        MUSTN'T

        MAY

        MIGHT

        NEED

        SHOULD

        WILL

        WOULD

 

We must go to Rome in September.

They could come with us.

 

2. After the auxiliary DO:

I don't think so.

 

3.  After the following expressions:

        HAD BETTER

You’d better finish your dinner.

     WOULD RATHER

I would rather do it now if you don't mind.

    WOULD SOONER

I would sooner run the marathon that watch this play.

        WHY NOT

Why not ask your mother first?

        WHY SHOULD WE?

Why should we go to the cinema tonight?

 

4.  After verbs of perception + object (action has finished):

 

        FEEL

        HEAR

        NOTICE

        SEE

        WATCH

        …

They felt the rain fall on their faces.

I heard John come home.

 

5. After LET + object:

Let me go to the fun fair, please.

Let’s have a quick drink.

 

6. After MAKE + object:

They made her study hard.

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