The following paragraph demonstrates the
use of infinitives as nouns and adjectives. Examples are in italics. It is the result of a
exercise in Advanced Composition.
To Study, Again
Iíve been thinking about study
for some time now, but havenít decided, finally, what plan to follow. As
some of you know, I returned to the university in the early 90ís,
completing an extra year of education. Since I received my degree in 1996,
however, I have not studied. To go again would require a few
changes to my life that I am not sure I am ready to make. For one thing, I
worry about the many assignments to complete, and how I will find the
time. To be a student again, although I have done it before, is not
an easy decision to make. But there is one thing that helps me: if
I do get the extra education, my employer will increase my rate of pay
substantially. As a part-time teacher, my pension will be based on my
earnings; perhaps this fact will motivate me to study again.