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Base Form of the Verb
The base form of the verb is simply the form of the verb that you would see in an English dictionary.
A more traditional explanation of the base form of the verb is this: the base form of the verb consists of the infinitive (e.g., to do, to see, to excel, to pass, to test, etc.) without the to. For more information about infinitives, click here:
Examples of the base form of the verb
Let's look at some examples.
These are verbs in the base form:
Notice how there is no s, ed, or other part attached to the end of the verb.
These are not verbs in the base form:
Discussion about the term "Base Form"
Some teachers use different terms to refer to the infinitive without the to. Some of these terms include:
These terms are also acceptable ways to refer to the base form.
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