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Infinitive of Purpose

Understanding the correct use of the infinitive of purpose is crucial for mastering grammar on the GRE, particularly in formal writing and standardized tests like the GMAT.
  • The infinitive of purpose is preferred over 'for + gerund' to express the purpose of an action.
  • This rule applies universally across all verbs, whether transitive, intransitive, or passive.
  • Variations of the infinitive of purpose, such as 'in order to' and 'so as to', can add clarity and formality to a sentence.
  • Using the more formal structures is advisable as they are more likely to appear on the GRE and GMAT.
  • Observing the use of infinitives in everyday reading can enhance understanding and application of this grammar form.
Introduction to Infinitive of Purpose
Universal Application Across Verb Types
Variations and Formality
Practical Advice for GRE Prep

Here's a video lesson on Transitive & Intransitive verbs.

Here's a video lesson on Passive verbs.

Here's a video lesson on Participial Phrases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: In the sentence "Pythagoras sailed to southern Italy to found a new religious sect," isn't "to found" incorrect? Should it be "to find?"

A: The verb "to found" is being used here, and is correct. This is not the past tense of "to find" -- these are two different words.

To found something means "to establish or set up." Pythagoras is "establishing or setting up" a new religious sect.