Bare-Infinitive is a base verb which has no"TO" in front of a verb, like;
To speak (To Infinitive)
For Indonesian learners, the differences, specially in its usage, takes a lot of time and energy to find the best answer. This topic, I hop, will solve the problem.
Bare-Infinitive is always placed at:
1. After a subject, as in;
Many people respect the hero.
The word /respect/ is bare-inf. and the /many people/ is the subject.
There will be a mistake when we say; Many people to respect the hero.
2. After object of certain verbs (e.g. let, help (USA),make etc), as in;
He makes me cry.
They never let me go.
Please help me fix the car. (USA)
Certain verbs here are makes, let and help. And, the bare-inf(s). are cry, go and fix.
Note that this statement is not a verb,as in; I need a help. help here is a noun, because it is begun with indefinite article /a/.
To Infinitive is always placed at:
1. After Bare-Inf, as in;
I want to tell you something. (Want=bare-inf. And, To tell=To Inf.)
2. At the beginning of a phrase or sentence, as in;
A) as a phrase, as in;
To find the answer, please call me immediately! (We also say it : Infinitive Phrase)
B) as a part of a sentence - As a Subject or An Object, as in;
- Subject : To understand the lesson is to discuss.
- Object : He went to make money.