previous next

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.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: