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Verbs and Verbals: Verb + Infinitive (to + Base Form)

  Example His father wanted to rule the family.

The following verbs are commonly followed by an infinitive (to + base form):
 
            Verb + to + Base Form         
        
agree expect plan
ask fail pretend
beg hope promise
bother manage refuse
choose need venture
claim offer want
decide   wish

Other languages do not follow the same verb chains as English. In Spanish, for example, the word for refuse is followed by an -ing form; in English refuse is followed by an infinitive.
  Faulty    He refused criticizing the system.
  Revised    He refused to criticize the system.
 
In a verb + infinitive pattern, the position of the negative affects meaning. Note the difference in meaning that the position of a negative (not, never) can create.
 
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See also
Verb + Noun or Pronoun + Infinitive
Verb + Noun or Pronoun + Base Form