Infinitives by ShapiroA

Champion(s):

KreitzerJ


Runner(s)-Up:

KosmanJ


Quiz Description

To ace this quiz is to show your mastery of uninflected verbs.

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Questions:

"Nymph, in thy Orisons / Be all my sins remember'd."

This is the last line of a famous soliloquy whose first six words are what?

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE

"To is a preposition; come is a verb." This statement may offend the grammar police, but the bit it introduces got what comedian arrested by real police in 1961?

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LENNY BRUCE

What is the common English translation of the Latin phrase habendum et tenendum, as encountered in property deeds as well as in a more familiar ceremonial usage?

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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

According to a hit song from 1975, what is "like sugar (sometimes)", "like jelly", and "like honey to the bee"?

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TO BE LOVED BY YOU

What 1962 film is the only Academy Award Best Picture nominee whose title is an infinitive phrase (including a direct object)?

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

The speech made by Captain Kirk at the beginning of each episode of Star Trek (and by Captain Picard in Star Trek: TNG) is infamous among peevish grammarians for its use of a split infinitive. In fact, this speech contains no fewer than three infinitive verbs. Name either one of the two that aren't split.

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TO EXPLORE, TO SEEK (OUT)

"Everyone says there'll come a day / When I'll walk along side of him."

In the context of a song recorded in 1958 (and many times thereafter), these lyrics suggest a nascent romantic relationship. But you might read them differently knowing that the song's two-infinitive title is (a slight alteration of) the inscription on Benjamin Spector's gravestone. Name the song.

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TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM

With just shy of 600,000 people, what is the most populous German city whose name is (probably coincidentally) a homonym of a German infinitive verb?

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ESSEN

Though infinitives are not usually marked for tense, aspect, and voice, they can be. In an example which Wikipedia acknowledges is "not often used", the phrase to have been being eaten has what tense, aspect, and voice? All three terms begin with "p" (hint: none of them is "past").

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PERFECT, PROGRESSIVE, PASSIVE

"Créer, produire, fabriquer, en parlant de toute œuvre matérielle."

This is the first of 55 definitions in the French Wiktionary entry for what versatile verb (in French infinitive form, please)? The entry also contains over 1000 derived phrases such as "____ la bise", "____ un voyage", and "____ caca".

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FAIRE

The working title of a 2015 album originally spelled TuPAC acronymically, but the artist (wisely, in this smith's opinion) made two changes, standardizing the spelling of the first word and changing the last word, which was originally caterpillar. What was the final album title?

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TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

The post titles in this screenshot make more sense when preceded by what four words (the name of the Reddit subforum in which they appear)?

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THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT