Verb + bare infinitive

When we have two verbs together in a sentence, the form of the second verb is influenced by the first verb.

This table shows which verbs require the second verb to take the form of the bare infinitive (infinitive without to).

Verb + bare infinitive
We use the bare infinitive (an infinitive without to) after certain verbs followed by an object. These verbs include: let, make, see, hear, feel. My parents didn't let me watch TV at night.
Did you see anyone enter the building?
He made me laugh.
We use the bare infinitive after modal verbs: can, should, could, might, may, etc. He can't sing.
It might be a good idea.


  1. Annie - January 6, 2016, 6:01 am Reply

    Hi It’s Annie .I just wanna to ask isn’t that bare infinitive is a verb that doesn’t have to add any tense inside…School exam tmr…Just wanna to figure out ?.Thanks a lot

  2. Thuy - August 17, 2016, 3:07 am Reply

    Hey Annie, just a friendly reminder. Wanna = want to. So if you say wanna, please drop “to”. Or just simply say “want to”. Don’t say “wanna to” again and again in such a short comment. (Love)

  3. Thuy - August 17, 2016, 3:29 am Reply

    Well, “infinitive” is the basic form of a verb that not conjugated for tense or person. “Bare” means without. So if you want to express the tense, just change the tense of the verb that goes before the bare infinitive. (With love)

  4. Anonymous - August 20, 2018, 10:29 am Reply

    There should be another one on the above list , HELP. example: Could you help me move this heavy table ? He helped clear this rom for me.

  5. Anonymous - August 20, 2018, 11:13 am Reply

    There is another verb beyond the above list of which the second verb requires merely bare infinitive. That very verb is …. HELP. Samples: John helped clear the room for me. Could you help carry this bag?
    Please help me move this heavy table.


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