Common mistakes in English – Unnecessary words (Part 3)

               Use of the infinitive

Mistakes are frequently made by using the infinitive without to after the following verbs, which do not require it.

321. Can + infinitive without to

Don’t say: My mother can to swim very well.

√ Say: My mother can swim very well.

Note: Always write the negative form cannot as one word. Alternatively, the short form can’t can be used informally.

322. Could + infinitive without to

Don’t say: I could not to see you yesterday.

√ Say: I could not/couldn’t see you yesterday.

323. May + infinitive without to

Don’t say: May I to visit you next weekend?

√ Say: May I visit you next weekend?

324. Might f infinitive without to

Don’t say: He might to come in the morning.

√ Say: He might come in the morning.

325. Must + infinitive without to

Don’t say: I must to see her at her office.

√ Say: I must see her at her office.

326. Let + infinitive without to

Don’t say: Tom’s father would not let him to go out.

√ Say: Tom’s father would not let him go out.

327. Make (to force) + infinitive without to

Don’t say: You can’t make Emma to understand.

√ Say: You can’t make Emma understand.

328. See infinitive without to

Don’t say: They saw him to leave the house.

√ Say:They saw him leave the house.

Note: “They saw turn leaving me house.” is also correct

329. Watch + infinitive without to

Don’t say: I watched the girls to play hockey.

√ Say: I watched the girls play hockey.

Note: “I watched the girls playing hockey.” is also correct

330. Hear + infinitive without to

Don’t say: We heard him to speak in English.

√ Say: We heard him speak in English.

Note: “We heard him speaking in English.” is also correct

331. Feel + infinitive without to

Don’t say: I could feel her heart to beat.

√ Say: I could feel her heart beat.

Or: I could feel her heart beating.

Note: if the verbs make, see, watch, hear, feel, are used in the passive, to must be used –> Her was seen to leave the house. He was heard to speak in English.

Common mistakes in English – Unnecessary words (Part 3)
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