Infinitive with to – English Grammar

Examples with the Infinitive with to

After the following phrases we use the infinitive with to in English:

1. after the first

  • Gagarin was the first to fly in a spaceship.

2. after the last

  • Peter was the last to watch the film.

3. after the next

  • He is the next to get his passport.

4. after adjectives

  • I'm happy to be here.
  • It's better not to smoke.

5. after special verbs (agree, choose, forget, hope, learn, promise, regret*, want, …)

  • I am learning to drive a car.

* After regret the to-infinitive is used when announcing bad news: We regret to inform you that the flight to Munich has been cancelled.

6. after question words

  • I don't know what to say.
  • Can you tell me how to get to the bus stop?

7. after want/would like

  • I want you to help me.

8. after Verb + Object

  • I helped my dad to clean the car.


  • I want to help you. (I help you.)
  • I want you to help me. (You help me.)