Infinitive – Free Exercise

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Exercises

Decide whether the infinitive is used with or without zu.

  1. Sie lässt mich immer .lassen → infinitive without zuShe always keeps me waiting.
  2. Mein Großvater pflegte Pfeife .pflegen meaning do regulary → infinitive with zuMy grandfather used to smoke a pipe.
  3. Diese Übung scheint sehr einfach .scheinen meaning give an impression → infinitive with zuThis exercise seems to be very easy.
  4. Gehst du mit uns zusammen ?gehen is a verb of movement → infinitive without zuAre you going shopping with us?
  5. Mit dir habe ich noch ein Hühnchen .haben meaning have to → infinitive mit zuI have a bone to pick with you.
  6. Er hat die Katze auf seinem Schoß .haben with location (on his lap)→ infinitive without zuThe cat is sitting on his lap.
  7. Wir bleiben im alten Haus .bleiben meaning remain in a specific state → infinitive without zuWe’re going to carry on living in the old house.
  8. Du brauchst morgen nicht .brauchen meaning need not → infinitive with zuYou don’t need to come tomorrow.
  9. Julia neigt dazu, etwas .most verbs (like neigen) are used with the infinitive with zu|The infinitive clause is not the subject → infinitive with zuJulia tends to exaggerate a little.
  10. Er spürte sein Herz schneller .spüren is a verb of the senses → infinitive without zuHe felt his heart beating faster.

Complete the sentences using the infinitive with or without zu.

  1. Möchtest du es noch einmal (versuchen)  ?möchten = modal verb → infinitive without zuWould you like to try again?
  2. Deine Eltern brauchen nicht (mitkommen)  .brauchen (= need) → infinitive with zu|For verbs with a separable prefix, we put zu between the prefix and the verb.You're parents don’t need to come.
  3. Du weißt mich immer (überzeugen)  .wissen (= know) → infinitive with zu|Inseparable verb → zu before the verbYou always know how to convince me.
  4. Das Auto bleibt wieder (stecken)  .bleiben (= remain in a specific state) → infinitive without zuThe car got stuck again.
  5. Wir bitten euch, die Schuhe (ausziehen)  .infinitive clause → infinitive with zu|For verbs with a separable prefix, we put zu between the prefix and the verb.Please take off your shoes.