- 1To is often used before the base form of a verb to show that the verb is in the infinitive. The infinitive is used after many verbs and also after many nouns and adjectives. used to show purpose or intention I set out to buy food. I am going to tell you a story. She was determined to do well. His aim was to become president. To be honest with you, I don't remember what he said.
- 2used to show the result of something She managed to escape. It was too hot to go out. He couldn't get close enough to see.
- 3used to show the cause of something I'm sorry to hear that.
- 4 used to show an action that you want or are advised to do I'd love to go to France this summer. The leaflet explains how to apply for a position. I don't know what to say. To can also be used without a verb following when the missing verb is easy to understand:He asked her to come but she said she didn't want to.
- 5used to show something that is known or reported about a particular person or thing The house was said to be haunted.
- 6used to show that one action immediately follows another I reached the station only to find that my train had already left.
- 7 am, is, are, was, were to used to show that you must or should do something You are not to talk during the exam. She was to be here at 8:30 but she didn't arrive.