Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infinitives

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  • Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infinitives

    1. 1. Verbs Followed by Gerunds &Verbs Followed by Infinitives Peter Mangiaracina 1
    2. 2. ExplanationIt is often difficult to determine how verbs arelinked to other verbs. There are three choices:•They can be followed by gerunds.•They can be followed by infinitives.•They can be followed by BOTH. 2
    3. 3. ExamplesMarta enjoys going to museums.Anglea decided to stay home and watch TV.Nieves loves to go (going) swimming. 3
    4. 4. Unfortunately, there are no rules governingwhich verb form is used after each verb.This presentation lists common verbs andwhat comes after. 4
    5. 5. Followed by Gerundsadmit dislike give up missavoid enjoy have trouble put off deny feel like keep (on) quitdiscuss finish mind suggest 5
    6. 6. Followed by Infinitivesagree fail offer promisechoose hope plan refusedecide learn prepare seemrespect need pretend want 6
    7. 7. Followed by Gerunds or Infinitives with no change of meaning attempt like begin love continue prefer hate start 7
    8. 8. Followed by Gerunds or Infinitives with change of meaningForget + to not remember what you had to doForget + -ing not remember something you have doneRemember + to remember what you had to doRemember + -ing remember something you have doneStop + to pause in order to do somethingStop + -ing quit doing somethingGo on + to change to something newGo on + -ing continue doingTry + to make an effortTry + -ing do something to see what happens 8
    9. 9. Change of Meaning ExamplesI remembered/forgot to lock the door when I left the house.I remember playing in the garden when I was a child.I stopped on my way home to chat with a friend.I stopped smoking ten years ago.We talked about the economy for an hour, then we went on to talk about baseball.We went on talking all night long.I tried to fix my TV, but I couldn’t.First, I tried unplugging it, and plugging it back in. Then I tried playing around with thecontrols. Nothing worked. 9

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