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I2CI: Verb + -ing or infinitive

Verb + -ing

Some verbs are followed by an ing form. Some of the

commonest verbs follow below:
Saying and

Admit, Consider, Deny, Describe, Imagine,

Mention, Suggest

Liking and

Dislike, Enjoy, Fancy, (not) Mind

Phrasal Verbs

Carry on, Give up, Keep on, Put of

Phrase with cant

Cant bear, Cant help, Cant resist, Cant

face, Cant stand

Other common

Avoid, Delay, Finish, Involve, Keep, Miss,

Postpone, Practise, Risk

Common phrases

Its not worth, Its no use/good,

Spend/Waste time/money, Theres no point

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Verb + -ing

Some verbs in the list can also be followed by a noun.

These include admit, deny, imagine, suggest, dislike,
enjoy, fancy, keep, mind, practise:
The Minister admitted taking a bribe / The Minister
admitted his mistake
What do you fancy doing this evening? /I fancy a nice,
cold beer

The group of verbs with cant can also be followed by a

I cant bear classical music

We use mind in questions and negative sentences:

Do you mind waiting a moment? No, I dont mind

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Verb + -ing

Go and Come plus ing form are often used for sports and
outside activities:
Do you want to come shopping with me?
I often go skiing in the winter

Some verbs and verb phrases have to as a preposition.

These include: Look forward to, Object to, Be used to, Get
used to, Respond to. Prepositions are always followed by
the ing form:
Im looking forward to seeing you next week (NOT to
see you)
After a few months in the UK I got used to driving on the
left (NOT to drive on the left)

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Verb + to + infinitive

Some verbs are followed by to + infinitive:

Plans and decisions

Aim, Arrange, Choose, Decide, Intend,

Plan, Prepare


Demand, Deserve, Expect, Hope, Want,

Wish, Would like

Promises and

Fail, Guarantee, Ofer, Promise, Refuse,


Other common

Agree, Can/cant aford, Learn, Manage,

Pretend, Seem, Tend, Train, Wait

Note that verb + to + infinitive is also used to explain why

we do something, and with used to, be going to, be able
to, be allowed to, have to, need to and ought to :

Im calling to find out if you have this product in stock

No employee is allowed to take part in the Board of

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Verb + object + to + infinitive

The following verbs are followed by an object + to

+infinitive: advise, allow, ask, cause, encourage, expect,
forbid, force, help, invite, order, pay, prefer, persuade,
remind, teach, train, want, warn:
Our best customer is going to ask his creditors to
postpone the payment of some instalments
Mr Smith persuaded two banks to lend him 300,000 $

Make and let

After Make and Let we use the infinitive without to:

I made them check everything very carefully (NOT I
made them to check)
They let us have all these free samples (NOT they let
us to have)

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2we sell... (likely future)


When we want to talk about future events that will happen, or

are likely to happen, we use if+ present (condition), future or
imperative (result):
If the compromise deal fails, who knows what will happen

In the condition clause, there can be a variety of present

If you increase your order, well give you a bigger discount
If you are meeting Sue today, tell her to phone me
If Ive made any mistakes, Ill correct them later

It is also possible to use other future forms:

If you increase your order, youre going to get a bigger
If he doesnt get the job, he ll have done a lot of work for

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Verb + that clause

The following verbs can also be followed by a that

clause. In everyday speech, we can leave out the
word that: admit, consider, deny, imagine, mention,
suggest, (not) mind, decide, plan, demand, expect,
hope, wish, promise, agree, learn, pretend, seem,
advise, remind, teach, tell, warn :
I suggested speaking to Mary about it / I suggested
(that) we could speak to Mary about it
We decided to cancel the meeting / We decided
(that) we would cancel the meeting
They told us to wait / They told us (that) we should

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Verb + -ing or infinitive: change in meaning

Some verbs can be followed by ing or to + infinitive and

the meaning of the verb changes:


Remember and forget: we use remember/forget doing

for memories of the past (the action happens before the
remembering). We use remember/forget to do for actions
someone is/was supposed to do (the remembering
happens before the action)
I definitively remember posting the letter
I must remember to post the letter
Ill never forget visiting Niagara Falls (visiting
Sorry, I forgot to turn of the lights (forget
turn off)

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Verb + -ing or infinitive: change in meaning

Regret we use regret doing when we are sorry about

something that happened in the past:
I regret saying no to the job in Paris
We use regret to inform / to tell when we are giving bad
I regret to inform you that we are unable to ship the goods


Try: We use try doing when we do something and see what

happens. We use try to do when we make an efort to do
something, but dont necessarily succeed:
Ill try talking to him and maybe hell change his mind (Ill
do it and see what happens)
Ill try to talk to him but I know hes very busy today (I may
not be successful)

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Verb + -ing or infinitive: change in meaning

Stop we use stop doing when we end an action. We use stop to

do when we give the reason for stopping:
We cant trust them, so we stopped buying from that supplier
I stopped to buy something for my wife


Mean: We use mean doing when one thing results in or involves

another. We use mean to do to express an intention:
Globalization means being active in every market (=involves)
I meant to phone you, but I forgot (=intended to do it)


Go on: We use go on doing when we continue doing something.

We use go on to do when we move to do something else:
They went on trading even without stock (=continue)
After University, he went on to travel the world

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Verbs of perception

Verbs of perception include: feel, hear, listen to, notice,

see, watch. These verbs can be followed by an object +
-ing or an infinitive without to and the meaning of the verb

If we see or hear only part of the action, or it continues,

we use the ing form. If we see or hear the whole action
from beginning to end, we use the infinitive without to:
I saw her giving her presentation (I saw just a part)
I saw her give her presentation (I saw the whole
I heard the machine making a strange noise (I heard
the noise and the noise continued)
I heard the machine make a strange noise (I heard the
noise and it stopped)

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Verb + -ing or infinite: little change in meaning

Some verbs can be followed by ing or to + infinitive and

there is little change in meaning. These include: begin,
continue, intend, start:
What do you intend doing / to do about it?
The number of German jobless continued to fall / falling in

We do not usually have two ing forms together:

It was starting to get dark (NOT starting getting

The verbs like, love, prefer, hate can be followed by either

form. To + infinitive suggests something is a good/bad idea.
The ing shows your feelings:
I like to ski in winter time, but I dont like getting cold

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Verb + -ing or infinite: little change in meaning

When we use the modal would with these verbs we must use
to + infinitive:
Id prefer to do it myself, if you dont mind

The verb like followed by to + infinitive can mean that we do

something because we think it is a good idea, even though
we dont enjoy it:
I like to write several drafts before I write the final report

Passive forms: -ing or infinitive

The passive form of verb + -ing is verb + being + past

participle. The pasive form of verb + to + infinitive is
verb + to be + past participle
We risk being taken over by a larger company
I think I deserve to be given a pay rise

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