VERBS, MOODS OF:-- Infinitive used as a nounThe 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.
; ib. iii. 4. 66.
“My operant powers their functions leave to do.
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
“Have not to do with him.
never to be afraid to be deposed.” N. P. 611. It is doubtful whether the infinitive is a noun in the objective in
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
“Nor has he with him to supply his life.
“I am denied to sue my livery here.