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infinitive

noun [C]  /ɪnˈfɪn·ə·t̬ɪv/ us  
grammar the basic form of a verb, usually following "to" or another verb form: In the sentences "I had to go" and "I must go," "go" is an infinitive.
Translations of “infinitive”
in Korean 동사 원형…
in Arabic مَصْدَر (نَحو)…
in French infinitif…
in Turkish mastar, fiilin ...mek/mak hali…
in Italian infinito…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動詞)原形,不定式…
in Russian инфинитив…
in Polish bezokolicznik…
in Spanish infinitivo…
in Portuguese infinitivo…
in German der Infinitiv…
in Catalan infinitiu…
in Japanese (文法)不定詞…
in Chinese (Simplified) (动词)原形,不定式…
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