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Infinitive as Part of Compound Verbal Modal Predicate

  1. To open my eyes in a strange place and not to be able to remember anything that might have brought me here was very uneasy and disturbing. Then I noticed a bandage on my hand stained with blood and it wasn't difficult to guess that I must have fainted like I always would at the sight of blood.

  2. “Now why not tell me the truth, Jane? You have been accused, and you must have the chance to defend yourself,” she said and her tone was too stern to disobey.

  3. “I don't think he would have laughed. For him to do so when he was in such danger?” she said. 'You must have been dreaming.”

  4. “Don't be foolish. It's not just a scratch, and the wound may be infected,' answered Peter. “Listen, Jane, I'll have to leave you with Edward while I fetch the doctor. You must wipe away the blood with the damp cloth and help him to drink a little water.” I nodded and nervously watched him leave the room. I could hear him turning the key in the lock.

  5. You've been caught red-handed, so why not confess that to have set everything up was your idea? I saw sneaking out when you should have been working on the project.

  6. You should have waited till the morning, and then we could have seen her together. To have gone to her without me was very selfish of you. Now she must think of me as a heartless person.

  7. The ceremony began, and soon I heard the priest come to the point in the wedding, where he had to ask, “Is there any reason why these two people should not be married?” For someone to stand up and say there was would be unexpected, but that was not to happen, not at this wedding.

  8. Of course, we shouldn't have expected anything, but Mary and I would have felt rich with only a thousand pounds each, and we would still have been able to help so many more poor people!

  9. Alice, you need not think you can succeed in getting out of the room like this. To do that is utterly rude.

  10. Unfortunately, we can imagine how different our lives might have been. But that's useless to cry over spilt milk. What is already in the past is impossible to change. So why not get over it and live on? That could be the best thing to do.

  11. She must be landing in Miami now. To go there has always been her cherished dream. Why not be happy for her to have it finally come true?

  12. You are old enough and ought to know how to behave in public places. If I were you I would be ashamed of myself for having to be put off the bus for disturbance of public order. For you of all people to do it!

  13. To have survived the hurricane and to have to listen to his lecture on how to behave in emergency situations was too much for her. She couldn't stand that any longer. All she needed then was to be left alone and rest.

Infinitive as Part of Compound Verbal Aspect Predicate

  1. I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness (James Thurber).

  2. A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain (Mark Twain).

  3. I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

  4. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away (Philip K. Dick).

  5. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do (Eleanor Roosevelt).

  6. Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them (Leo Tolstoy).

  7. Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think (Terry Pratchett).

  8. Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening (Dorothy Sarnoff).

  9. I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph (Shirley Temple).

  10. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office (Robert Frost).

  11. You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing (Michael Pritchard).

  12. Youknowyou're getting old when you stop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there (George Burns).

  13. Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it (William Feather).

  14. To get what you want, stop doing what isn't working (Dennis Weaver).

  15. Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not." (George Bernard Shaw).

  16. More than once I had seen a noble who had gotten his enemy at a disadvantage stop to pray before cutting his throat (Mark Twain).

  17. When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is (Oscar Wilde).

  18. My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart).

  19. To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment (James Allen).

  20. The people who live in the past must yield to the people who live in the future. Otherwise the world would begin to turn the other way round (Arnold Bennett).

  21. It is hard to begin to move when you don't know where you are moving, how to move, or if you are going to get there (Peter Nivio Zarlenga).

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