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Why do people go to parties?
To meet people (NOT for meet people / for to meet people), to relax, to have a good time, to drink, to make friends, to get a boyfriend/girlfriend, ...


There are verbs which are followed by a verb with the infinitive to:
SOME VERBS (decide, forget, help ...) + TO+ INFINITIVE

agree to

decide to
He decided to send the letter.
forget to
Don't forget to clean the kitchen before you leave.
I forgot to do it. (=se me olvidó hacerlo, por lo que se quedó sin hacer)
forget -ing
I forgot doing it. (=me di cuenta que lo había hecho ya pero no recordé haberlo hecho)
hate to

help to
I'll help you to do the homework.
(It can be used with and without to: I'll help you do the homework.)
hope to
We hope to finish on time.
hope - ing

inspire to

learn to
They are learning to play the piano.
like to

like -ing

love to

love -ing

need to
She doesn't need to buy this device. The computer already has it inside.
offer to
He offered to take me to the hospital.
plan to
They are planning to celebrate a big party for her birthday.
prefer to

prefer -ing

pretend to
He pretended to be rich, but he was broke.
promise to
He promised to call me later.
remember to
Remember to buy the cake for her party.
(= remember to do something later)
remember -ing
Do you remember meeting him last year?
(= remember something after it happened)
start to
He started to sing when the teacher was still talking.
It started to rain. (no difference in meaning)
start -ing (is more common when we talk abouta habit or a longeractivity)
I started reading Tom Sawyer's book last week.
I started working here in 1998.
When did you start playing the piano?
It started raining. (no difference in meaning)
try to
I'm trying to find a job, but it's very hard with the crisis.
(=to attent to do or accomplish)
try -ing
Why don't you try doing yoga?
(= experiment with something)
want to
I want to go to the party.
would like to
I'd like to buy a new TV.


It isn't easy to find a job.

Nice to meet you.

The negative infinitive is not to + verb: Try not to be late tomorrow. / Promise not to arrive late.

INFINITIVE OF PURPOSE: VERB + TO + INFINITIVETo say why you do something:

I came to this school to learn English. NOT for learn English.

· The infinitive of purpose is only used to express a possitive reason.
· To express a negative reason we use in order not to or so as not to, e.g. We took a taxi in order not to be late. / We took a taxi so as not to be late NOT We took a taxi not to be late.