Monday, 23 March 2009

Verbs followed by Gerunds or Infinitives

When two verbs appear together in a sentence, the first verb determines if the second verb will be in the gerund form (-ing form) or the infinitive form (to+base form). But, how do we know if a verb is followed by the gerund or the infinitive? The only way is to memorize which verbs are followed by gerunds and which are followed by infinitives.

If you click on this link, you'll find a very useful classification of verbs requiring gerunds, infinitives or both: Pearson-Longman.

Once you've read it through, you can practise here.

Infinitive / Gerund:
Infinitive or GerundExercise 2 Level: lower intermediate
Infinitive or GerundExercise 2 Level: intermediate
Infinitive or GerundExercise 2Exercise 3 Level: upper intermediate
Infinitive and/or Ing-Form Level: upper intermediate

Tests on Infinitive and Gerund:
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4

For more information and activities, click on this link:

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