Note that ‘to spy’ is always an irregular verb, only the third person form resembles the infinitive .
But the classicists decided we needed to have a rule, so we have one: it is wrong to split the infinitive .
Thus, it is possible that these words are learned in their infinitive form, and this form is applied to every form of the verb, even if the inflection requires the use of a different grapheme.
Also, he's not above splitting an infinitive , but what can you do?
Still a third example involves the semantics of perceptual reports with naked infinitive complements, as in ‘John saw Mary cry’, which is analyzed as ‘John saw an event which was a crying by Mary’.
To make my job easier, I marked only finite subordinate clauses, not infinitive clauses or nominalizations of various sorts, and not main clauses strung together by coordinators like ‘and’ and ‘but’.
And the use of the infinitive for coming events is so common we hardly blink.
‘To ignore’: the infinitive verbal root of the word, ‘ignorance’, is, obviously, a greater defect of the human mind than the basest stupidity.
Among other particular features of Albanian and other Balkan languages are a postpositive definite article and the absence of a verbal infinitive .
The figures used in Tables 4, 6 and 7, where I aim to follow Foster as closely as my textbase allows, therefore include infinitive uses.