Infinitive of purpose Exercises

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Form : ( To + infinitive (Verb 1) )

In English we often use an infinitive with to to talk about a person’s purpose.

  • He rose to speak. (Why did he rise? To speak.)
  • She came to the city to look for work. (Why did she come to the city? To look for work.)
  • He sat down to rest. (Why did he sit down? To rest.)

We can also use 'in order to' or 'so as to'.

  • She came to the city so as to look for work.

'So as to' and 'in order to' are more common before verbs like be, have, know etc.

  • He raised his voice so as to be heard.
  • He got up early in order to have enough time to pack.

Before a negative infinitive, we normally use 'so as' or 'in order'.

  • I am leaving now so as not to be late. (NOT I am leaving now not to be late.)

Notes for use of infinitive of purpose :

We say I came here to study English NOT I came here for studying English OR I came here for to study English.

We can use for + noun to say why we do something.

  • I went to the shop for a newspaper.
Infinitive of purpose example sentences
I think she went upstairs to get some sleep.
Don't you have a cleaner to help keep the house clean?
I took a half day off work to bring Pogo to the vet.
We can find you a better house to live in.
Mike just went to get us some drinks.
It helped me a lot to save some time.
I just came to take Mike with me.
I knew you were waiting to ask that question!
You can bring Pogo one day to see if they get on well.
I already did it a couple of months ago to find this one.
So I turned the stove up higher to cook faster.
What? Excuse me! Are you just calling to tell me this now?
I need a couple of days to finish my projects...
Yeah, they reduce the price to get rid of them.
Maybe it's better for us to meet up somewhere to talk about this.
To avoid making my payment!
I'm here with a plumber to fix the clogged toilet.
Because I need the chicken stock to cook the rice in.
I think you are doing this on purpose to annoy me.
I'm just calling you to check if you are ready.


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Infinitive of purpose
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