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VERBS, MOODS OF:-- Infinitive used as a noun

The Infinitive used as a Noun. This use is still retained when the Infinitive is the subject of a verb, as "To walk is pleasant;" but we should not now say--

“What's sweet to do to do will aptly find.

“My operant powers their functions leave to do.

; ib. iii. 4. 66.

“Have not to do with him.

So 3 Hen. VI. iv. 5. 2. “Metaphors far-fet hinder to be understood.” B. J. Disc. 757. Apparently to is omitted in the following curious passage:-- “For to (to) have this absolute power of Dictator they added
never to be afraid to be deposed.” N. P. 611.

It is doubtful whether the infinitive is a noun in the objective in

“Nor has he with him to supply his life.

i.e. "the power of supplying;" or whether "anything" is understood: "He has not anything to supply his livelihood." We can say "I was denied my rights," but not

“I am denied to sue my livery here.

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