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Base Form

The base form of the verb is identical to thedictionary entry; it does not bear any agreement, tense, or participle endings. The base form is used in the following circumstances:

  • After the infinitive marker to

  • We expected the substance to explode.

  • After a modal auxiliary

  • We knew the substance might explode.

  • In the subjunctive mood

  • It is desirable that the substanceexplode.

  • After verbs of seeing or hearing

  • We watched the substanceexplode.

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