Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or      ‘-ing’ clauses
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesThe following verbs can be followed bya ‘to’-infinitive clause or an ‘-i...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesIt started raining.A very cold wind had started to blow.The captain didn...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesNote: If these verbs are used in acontinuous tense, they are followed by...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘begin’, ‘continue’, and ‘start’, youuse a ‘to’-infinitive clause ...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesYou can often use ‘like’ with a ‘to’-infinitive or an ‘-ing’ clause with...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesHowever, there is sometimes adifference. You can use ‘like’ followedby a...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesThey like to interview you first.I didn’ t like to ask him.
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘remember’, ‘forget’, and ‘regret’,you use an ‘-ing’ clause if you...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesYou use a ‘to’-infinitive clause after‘remember’ and ‘forget’ if you are...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘regret’, in formal English, you usea ‘to’-infinitive clause with ...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesIf you ‘try to do’ something, you makean effort to do it. If you ‘try do...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesIf you ‘go on doing’ something, you areaccustomed to doing it. If you ‘u...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesIf you ‘are used to doing’ something,you continue to do it. If you ‘go o...
Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or       ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘need’, you use a ‘to’-infinitiveclause if the subject of ‘need’ i...
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Verbs with 'To'-infinitive or '-ing' Clauses

  1. 1. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clauses
  2. 2. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesThe following verbs can be followed bya ‘to’-infinitive clause or an ‘-ing’ clause,with little difference in meaning.begin try hate prefercontinue attempt lovestart bother fear
  3. 3. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesIt started raining.A very cold wind had started to blow.The captain didn’ t bother answering.I didn’ t bother to answer.
  4. 4. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesNote: If these verbs are used in acontinuous tense, they are followed bya ‘to’-infinitive clause.The company is beginning to export tothe West.We are continuing to make goodprogress.
  5. 5. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘begin’, ‘continue’, and ‘start’, youuse a ‘to’-infinitive clause with the verbs‘understand’, ‘know’, and ‘realize’.I began to understand her a bit better.
  6. 6. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesYou can often use ‘like’ with a ‘to’-infinitive or an ‘-ing’ clause with littledifference in meaning.I like to fish.I like fishing.
  7. 7. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesHowever, there is sometimes adifference. You can use ‘like’ followedby a ‘to’-infinitive clause to say that youthink something is a good idea, or theright thing to do. You cannot use an ‘-ing’ clause with this meaning.
  8. 8. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesThey like to interview you first.I didn’ t like to ask him.
  9. 9. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘remember’, ‘forget’, and ‘regret’,you use an ‘-ing’ clause if you arereferring to an event after it hashappened.I remember discussing it once before.I’ ll never forget going out with my aunt.She did not regret accepting his offer.
  10. 10. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesYou use a ‘to’-infinitive clause after‘remember’ and ‘forget’ if you arereferring to an event before it happens.I must remember to send a gift for herchild.Don’ t forget to send in your entries.
  11. 11. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘regret’, in formal English, you usea ‘to’-infinitive clause with these verbsto say that you are sorry about whatyou are saying or doing now:announce inform learnsay see tellI regret to say that it was all burned up.
  12. 12. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesIf you ‘try to do’ something, you makean effort to do it. If you ‘try doing’something, you do it as an experiment,for example to see if you like it or if it iseffective.I tried to explain.Have you tried painting it.
  13. 13. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesIf you ‘go on doing’ something, you areaccustomed to doing it. If you ‘used todo’ something, you do it after you havefinished doing something else.I went on writing.He later went on to form a computercompany.
  14. 14. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesIf you ‘are used to doing’ something,you continue to do it. If you ‘go on to do’something, you did it regularly in thepast, but you no longer do it now.We are used to working together.I used to live in this street.
  15. 15. Verbs with ‘to’-infinitive or ‘-ing’ clausesAfter ‘need’, you use a ‘to’-infinitiveclause if the subject of ‘need’ is also thesubject of the ‘to’-infinitive clause. Youuse an ‘-ing’ form if the subject of ‘need’is the object of the ‘-ing’ clause.We need to ask certain questions.It needs cutting.
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