Infinitives: After Nouns and Pronouns

1. Nouns Related to Verbs (no wish to change)
Some nouns which are related to verbs (e.g. wish, decide, need, etc.) can be

followed by infinitives.

I have no wish to switch sides.
There's no need to inform grandma.
I already expressed my decision to quit the training.

2. Nouns Related to Adjectives (You were a fool to agree...)
Some nouns which are related to adjectives or have adjectival sense can be

followed by infinitives.

It's a pleasure to meet you!
I felt like a fool to believe her.
It's an embarassment to loss the game.

3. Purpose (a key to open the door)
Nouns or indefinite pronouns used to explain the purpose of a particular thing

(what it is for or what somebody uses it for) can also be followed by infinitives.

As subject of the infinitives
I'd like something to cure my cough.
I forgot the key to open the drawer.
It's a game to prove their skills.

As object of the infinitives
I need more space to work.
We ran out of soup to serve.
There's no more flour to bake the cake.

4. Enough, Too Much, etc.
Quantifiers (enough, too much, many, little, few, plenty, etc.) are usually followed

by noun + infinitive.

There's too much dirt to clean up.
I have plenty of homework to do.
We enough people to prepare for the event.

5. Infinitive with Preposition (a friend to play with)
Nouns can also be followed by infinitive + preposition.

The dog needs a soft mat to lay on.
I need a companion to travel with.
Shiela is looking for an aparment to live in.

6. Infinitives in Common Expressions (the life to come)
In some common expressions, the infinitive has a future meaning and function like the relative clause "be."

His wife to be...
The life to come...
The world to come...
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