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Verbs


Rule 3:
Use present tense infinitives after past tense verbs.
Whenever a past tense verb is followed by another verb, that second verb must be an infinitive or present tense verb. Often the infinitive is accompanied by an "infinitive marker"- the word to.

Examples:

• He didn't dare to swim after dark.
• I wanted him to go home early.
• I had hoped to be at the meeting.

When a past tense verb hasn't been used first, using to have been or a similar phrase is all right.

Examples:

• By this time tomorrow, I want to have finished the report.
• By the end of my career, I hope to have been recognized as an authority on the subject.


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