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bare infinitive

noun [C] uk   specialized us  
in grammar, the infinitive form of a verb without the word "to": In the sentence "I let him go", the bare infinitive is the word "go".
Translations of “bare infinitive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 不帶 to 的動詞不定式…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不带 to 的动词不定式…
(Definition of bare infinitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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