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    Can a infinitive verb be in a form where the word 'to' is omitted?
    e..g
    1.do not like
    2.does not like
    3.she does not eat spaghetti

    In the 3 above examples like is the main verb. not is a a adverb and the words 'do' (in example 1), and 'does' (this word is used in example 1 and example 2) are the replacement for the word 'to'?
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    I suddenly realise I probably know more about German grammar than English. However, as far as I know...

    The word 'do' or 'does' is not part of the infinitive (neither is 'not'). It's there because of a feature of English grammar called 'do-support' (no other language has this, AFAIK). Consider these sentences, and the way that 'do' is used:
    • I like spaghetti (simplest form)
    • I do like spaghetti (same meaning as the first sentence)
    • (*) I not like spaghetti (incorrect grammar, but the meaning is understandable)
    • I do not like spaghetti (negates the meaning of the first & second sentences)

    The rule you mentioned (replacing 'to' with 'do') is useful for knowing where to put 'do' in the sentence. However, that doesn't make 'do' part of the infinitive. The infinitives in these sentences are 'to like' and 'to eat'. The word 'not' is never part of an infinitive, although it can come after 'to' in a phrase or sentence (eg, 'to not like something').

    Grammar is very confusing, and I'm not sure if what I've written is helpful or not. Write back if it's not clear.
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    (Original post by Pastaferian)
    I suddenly realise I probably know more about German grammar than English. However, as far as I know...

    The word 'do' or 'does' is not part of the infinitive (neither is 'not'). It's there because of a feature of English grammar called 'do-support' (no other language has this, AFAIK). Consider these sentences, and the way that 'do' is used:
    • I like spaghetti (simplest form)
    • I do like spaghetti (same meaning as the first sentence)
    • (*) I not like spaghetti (incorrect grammar, but the meaning is understandable)
    • I do not like spaghetti (negates the meaning of the first & second sentences)

    The rule you mentioned (replacing 'to' with 'do') is useful for knowing where to put 'do' in the sentence. However, that doesn't make 'do' part of the infinitive. The infinitives in these sentences are 'to like' and 'to eat'. The word 'not' is never part of an infinitive, although it can come after 'to' in a phrase or sentence (eg, 'to not like something').

    Grammar is very confusing, and I'm not sure if what I've written is helpful or not. Write back if it's not clear.
    Ok, well I have a extract from a text book, which is the source of my questionn.Please explain.
    We use don't /doesn't +infinitive (don't like/doesn't speak/doesn't do etc.):

    • I don't like washing the car. I dpn't do it very often.
    • Sarah speaks Spanish but she doesn't speak Italian.
    • Bill doesn't do his job very well.
    • Paula doesn't usually have breakfast.
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    (Original post by Jasmine1992)
    Ok, well I have a extract from a text book, which is the source of my questionn.Please explain.
    We use don't /doesn't +infinitive (don't like/doesn't speak/doesn't do etc.):

    • I don't like washing the car. I dpn't do it very often.
    • Sarah speaks Spanish but she doesn't speak Italian.
    • Bill doesn't do his job very well.
    • Paula doesn't usually have breakfast.
    This may explain it better than I can... http://www.grammar.cl/Present/Dont_Doesnt.htm
 
 
 
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