More on Spanish Infinitives
The infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. Verbs in the infinitive form indicate what an action is, but do not indicate anything about who is doing the action or at what point in time the action is taking place.
Infinitives as Nouns
In Spanish, when a verb functions as a noun, the infinitive is used, and it is always singular and masculine. It can be used as the subject of a sentence or the object of another verb or preposition.
When the infinitive is used as a noun, you don't usually use an article (such as elor un) with it, though it's acceptable to use the article el in front of an infinitive that is the subject of a sentence.
English Translations of Spanish Infinitives
Spanish infinitives can often be translated into English as infinitives (like to do) or gerunds (like doing).
To form an infinitive command, simply use the word no followed by an infinitive. You don't need to conjugate anything!
Verbs Used with Infinitives
Here are some verbs and verb phrases commonly used before another verb in the infinitive.
|to say, to state|
|to long for|
|to look for|
|to have to, should|
|to desire, to want|
|to hope for|
|to succeed in|
|to think about, to think of|
|to be able to|
|to follow, to continue|
|to be used to|