Infinitive mood


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Infinitive mood (Gram) that form of the verb which merely names the action, and performs the office of a verbal noun. Some grammarians make two forms in English: (a) The simple form, as, speak go hear, before which to is commonly placed, as, to speak; to go; to hear. (b) The form of the imperfect participle, called the infinitive in -ing; as, going is as easy as standing.
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In literature:

I raced by his side in a mood of profound self-derision, and infinitely vexed with that minx.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Mood, defined, 241; inf., see Infinitive; conditional, 241; imperative, 254; indicative, see 267; in conditions, see Conditions.
"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Ivy Kellerman Reed
A verb in the infinitive mood, refers to some noun or pronoun, as its subject or actor.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
Somewhat of the infinite calm and serenity of his mood is imparted to it.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
But this only added to the fun of the thing, for Tommy when in sportive mood takes hard knocks with infinite good-humour.
"Four Months Besieged" by H. H. S. Pearse
He had grown to expect from her an infinite variety of moods, but something in her pose, her expression, frightened him now.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
The infinitive mood is always future to the circumstance on which it depends.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
It is infinitely beneath the soul of Faust, and yet for the time it conquers him, being nearer to his mood.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
Raemaekers, the master of an infinite variety of moods and touch, reserves a special category of scorn for Von Tirpitz.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
The moods are five, Indicative, Subjunctive, Imperative, Potential, and the Infinitive.
"Sketch of Grammar of the Chippeway Languages" by John Summerfield

In poetry:

But when I see thee near, I recognize
In every dear familiar way some strange
Perfection, and behold in April guise
The magic of thy beauty that doth range
Through many moods with infinite surprise,—
Never the same, and sweeter with each change.
"Portrait and Reality" by Henry Van Dyke