There are basically 3 verb patterns which are used Verb + (not) + inf. with to Verb + ing. / verb + preposition + (verb +ing) Verb + that + clause
Verb + inf.• She offered to help. (verb + inf.)• They reminded me not to open the box. (verb + obj + inf.)
List of common verbs which use verb + inf pattern afford fail appear help arrange hesitate ask invite attempt manage beg offer choose prepare refuse
Verb + ingHe recommended going to that restaurant. verb + (verb + ing)She was accused of stealing the diamondnecklace. verb + preposition + (verb + ing)
List of common verbs which use verb + ing pattern avoid delay face feel like finish involve postpone practise resist risk
+ that + clauseHe explained that he wouldn’t be able tocome because of personal problems.He stated that we would have to walk all theway back on foot.
Many verbs can have different patterns• He agreed to rewrite the essay.• He agreed that it would be best to rewrite the essay.• He confessed to breaking the vase.• He confessed that he had broken the vase.• He proposed making a toast.• He proposed that we made a toast.
He proposed to cancel the meetingHe proposed cancelling the meetingHe proposed that we cancelled the meeting.We decided to travel abroad.We decided on travelling abroad.We decided that we will travel abroad.