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  • Learn to Use the To-Infinitive to Express Purpose

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    • To infinitive
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    • In order to
    • So as to

    To infinitive Purpose In order to So as to

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To Tells You the Purpose

Use the to-infinitive, "in order to", and "so as to" to express your purpose.

The to-infinitive is the to + verb pattern after the main verb.

For example, read the following 2 sentences:

"I wash my hands." - This is what I do.

"I want to stay healthy." - This is the purpose.

You can combine these 2 sentences into 1 sentence:

"I wash my hands to stay healthy." "To stay healthy, I wash my hands."

You can also use these patterns: in order to, so as to.

"I wash my hands in order to stay healthy." "In order to stay healthy, I wash my hands."

"I wash my hands so as to stay healthy." "So as to stay healthy, I wash my hands."

The purpose can also be not wanting something. In this case, use in order not to and so as not to.

"I don't want to get sick." - This is also the purpose.

"I wash my hands in order not to get sick." "In order not to get sick, I wash my hands."

"I wash my hands so as not to get sick." "So as not to get sick, I wash my hands."

The following is more examples.

Dave went to the beach.

He wanted to enjoy the weather.

Dave went to the beach in order to enjoy the weather.

Henry bought a good computer.

He wanted to play computer games.

In order to play computer games, Henry bought a good computer.

Lorrain went to a community college.

She wanted to study art history.

Lorrain went to a community college so as to study art history.

Josh and Vicky slowed down.

They didn't want to get a traffic ticket.

So as not to get a traffic ticket, Josh and Vicky slowed down.

Responsible people recycle materials.

They don't want to waste resources.

In order not to waste resources, responsible people recycle materials.

Purpose sentences for the exercise

I support my family.

He doesn't want to break his arm.

She doesn't want to get sick.

He wants to eat lunch.

I don't get a fine.

She didn't want to fail the course.

He doesn't want to be fat.

She doesn't want to hit the children on the street.

He wins the game next Saturday.

She doesn't want to sleep.

I communicate with the Canadians in my school effectively.

I get to my office on time.

She wants to read a good book.

I play action games online.

He doesn't want to destroy the Earth.

Improving English

What are some ways of improving your English? There are many ways! Many students go to a language school. In a language school, a teachers teaches students English. Students practice conversation, and also learn grammar and new words.

At home, students need to do their homework. Homework helps students review the lessons. Many students also watch English TV and Youtube videos in order to improve their listening. Some students listen to radio as well. Students also read English books and magazines to learn new words.

Some students even travel to another country. If they have money, they can also attend an overseas language school. In places like Toronto and Vancouver, language schools and languages programs in universities are very popular.

What If You Don't Know a Word?

You read a difficult paragraph, and you find new words. What do you do? Today, students can do many things to find the meaning of the new word.

First of all, most students use a dictionary. They search the meaning in a paper or online dictionary. They also use a translator, such as Google Translate.

Some students like to ask their friends or teachers. That works, too. A teacher often tells you the meaning, then gives you some useful sentences.

Some students also like to guess the meaning. They read the sentences and think about the meaning. Then, they search the dictionary.

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