语法

V to-inf

Productive uses

The to-infinitive clause is used with two additional meanings. These uses are productive, that is, they occur with a wide range of verbs.1) The to-infinitive clause has the meaning 'in order to do something'. An example is He smiled to hide his fear, which means that hiding his fear was the purpose of his smiling.2) The to-infinitive clause has the meaning 'because something happens'. An example is She smiles to see her grandson, which means that seeing her grandson is the cause of her smiling.

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