The infinitive is a simple word made out of the verb root. It corresponds well with the English infinitive in translations, which is the word “to” followed by the verb. (Ex: “to fall”, “to wash”). It is used very often to help form other expressions and verb forms.
The infinitive is formed by
In English, we sometimes say “They are going to buy things” or “We went to play”. To say “going to”, follow the infintive with போ3. In addition to போ3, this also applies to any other verbs that make sense in its place, such as விடு4, முயற்சி செய்1a, விரும்பு3, and பார்6.
Although பார்6 means “see”, when it is used here, it means “try”. முயற்சி செய்1a means “try” as it is, so both verbs mean the same thing here.
prior uses of the infinitive
Commands without respect are formed by replacing the final -அ of the infinitive with -ஆதே. Commands with respect are formed by replacing the final -அ of the infinitive with -ஆதீர்கள்.
The future tense of அது and அவை is formed by replacing the final -அ of the infinitive with -உம்