What is an Infinitive Phrase? - Definition & Examples


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Which one of the following is NOT a role an infinitive phrase can have in a sentence?

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What is the infinitive phrase in this sentence?

To surprise her family, Cate dressed up in a funny costume.

2. Which sentence contains an infinitive phrase?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is composed of questions on the functions of infinitive phrases within sentences. You'll also be tested on your ability to recognize them in examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet is comprised of questions concerning:

  • The linguistic role of infinitive phrases
  • The meaning of infinitive phrase
  • Spotting infinitive phrases within sentences
  • Infinitives acting as nouns

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can accurately differentiate between sentences that do and don't contain an infinitive phrase as well as linguistic roles that do and don't apply to infinitive phrases
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define infinitive phrase
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to accurately identify the infinitive phrase in an example sentence as well as a sentence containing an infinitive acting as a noun

Additional Learning

To study infinitive phrases more thoroughly, you can review the corresponding lesson titled What is an Infinitive Phrase? - Definition & Examples. This lesson consists of the following objectives:

  • Describe infinitive in a linguistic context
  • Differentiate between how an infinitive applies to direct and indirect objects
  • Define verbal
  • Distinguish between infinitive phrases and prepositional phrases as well as infinitive phrases and gerund phrases