Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Infinitives

In learning English, it needs mastery of the subject matter. If you want to learn English well, you need to learn the basic things because that will serve as your tool to proceed to the next level of English lessons.

Learning the basic is like learning the proper thing to do in order to create an effective written composition.  Just like learning the Infinitives. This is just so simple to learn but you need to clearly follow the basic of this thing.

The formula is just the use the preposition “to” + the base form of the verb. Examples are: to serve, to read, to listen, to write, to sing, etc.

You should not forget to pair the preposition “to” with only the base form of the verb. Don’t pair “to” with past or past participle of the verb. That is not the right words to be.

1. We could not prevail upon her to come along.
2. Susan wants us to be on our own.
3. Learning to organize my household has been training for me.
4. Your ability to run your household is admirable.
5. A short nap gives me renewed strength to last the rest of the day.
6. I love to watch them.

*Remember it is a verbal that functions in the sentence as a noun equivalent, as an adjective and an adverb.

I should like to borrow a book. (To borrow is an infinitive that functions as direct object to the verb “like”.)
I should like to borrow a book to take home. (To take home answers the question - What kind of book should you like to borrow? (a book to take home)
We want to have you here. (To have functions as direct object.)
We want to have you here to know you better. (To know functions as an adverb. It answers the question why.)
He worked hard to win. (To win answers the question functions as an adverb.)

Using Infinitives in Different Patterns
1. S + V + infinitive (used as noun equivalent)

We decide to go.
We decide not to go.
She doesn’t care to see you.
The committee endeavors to finish the project on time.
Don’t forget to call up.
Our parents hope to see us succeed.
I am fact learning to adjust myself.
We didn’t mean to leave you behind.
He is planning to continue his studies abroad.

2. S + V + noun/pronoun + infinitive
Our parents advised us to be careful.
The man caused me to be angry.
Our leader commanded us to go on.
Mother encouraged me to continue.
The thief forced the girl to give over her money.
The candidate got several persons to vote for him.
Our teacher instructed the boys to leave the playground.
Let us invite the girls to attend the party.
Tell them to wait.
The law obliges the people to respect duly constituted authority.

Part of the basic in English is to learn every detail of it. And to learn the Infinitives is part of it.

Division of Labor: The Need of Each Other

Who is responsible for each family function? The mother alone, both the mother and the father only, only the eldest son or daughter, consider grandma and grandpa or all of the family members?

These questions are oftentimes starring at all times. They are a fad to all demands especially when one person is just the sole member in the family or two who is the only concern of the works or chores at home, in the offices, in school or in the community.

For me, division of labor is the kind of equal distribution of responsibilities in helping each other to do the job and that not only one person performs a specific task but all should help for the accomplishment and success of a work or goal. It is a must for all but it is the most depleting words at this time, I guess. Its worth has been taken for granted, leaving the soloist to perform all the jobs for the rest of his life.

Now, here goes the bad interest. It is like leaving all the work undone. Many things that need to be fixed, but there you go, you are the certified soloist. Doing all the task at home, in the offices, or anywhere you may be that requires works, it is not proper for others to leave you behind, facing all those mess and keeping them in order. Of course, your body will retire. Your body is not a piece of a joke. You need persons, people and even the community to help each other makes things easier, fast and healthier.

For many, division of labor is void. What one thinks he will do is just the kind of task that he will perform. “Doesn’t care” is not rampant in this kind of system. There is a way of telling everyone that you can do it.

Helping each other needs cooperation. It needs many hands and feet to finish the multiple tasks everyday of our lives. Eventhough the reliance of the workers to do the task for us is available anytime, but still we need each other to share and hand-in-hand work things out. This is what we call division of labor. The distribution of assigned task is well-managed and monitored. There are what we call as communication and cooperation. Communication in a way that the people who do the work need to collaborate with each other for them to know what are their task and how they finish to accomplish the said tasks. Cooperation, they have the value of extending hands with each other, not minding which one should do this but the spirit of common sense and give and take should dominately spread the working atmosphere.

If all the people in accomplishing plans and tasks do the division of labor, then there is harmonious living and there will be no pointing out of who’s who to do the thing or who will be responsible for this or that.

The need of each other is important at all times.

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