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An infinitive is a verb form that consists of the word to followed by a verb, i.e., to jump, to listen; however, an infinitive is NOT used as a verb! It can function as a noun, adjective, or adverb.

For example, in the sentence, "I want to sleep," to sleep is the infinitive that is a noun and serves as the direct object of the transitive verb, want.

In the sentence, "Is there anything to eat right now?" to eat is the infinitive that is an adjective and modifies anything.

In the sentence, "My colleague quit to find another job," to find is the infinitive that modifies quit and is an adverb. Note: There is an object of an infinitive here: it's job.
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