Gerunds and Infinitives with Verbs I

Here are some of the most common verbs that are usually followed by the gerund.

  • enjoy: I enjoyed living in France.
  • fancy: I fancy seeing a film tonight.
  • discuss: We discussed going on holiday together.
  • dislike: I dislike waiting for buses.
  • finish: We’ve finished preparing for the meeting.
  • mind: I don’t mind coming early.
  • suggest: He suggested staying at the Grand Hotel.
  • recommend: They recommended meeting earlier.
  • keep: He kept working, although he felt ill.
  • avoid: She avoided talking to her boss.

And here are some common verbs followed by ‘to’ and the infinitive.

  • agree: She agreed to give a presentation at the meeting.
  • ask*: I asked to leave early / I asked him to leave early.
  • decide: We decided to go out for dinner.
  • help*: He helped to clean the kitchen / he helped his flatmate to clean the kitchen.
  • plan: She plans to buy a new flat next year.
  • hope: I hope to pass the exam.
  • learn: They are learning to sing.
  • want*: I want to come to the party / I want him to come to the party.
  • would like*: I would like to see her tonight / I would like you to see her tonight.
  • promise: We promised not to be late.

*We can use an object before the infinitive with these verbs.

(Note that ‘help’ can also be followed by the infinitive without ‘to’ with no difference in meaning: ‘I helped to carry it’ = ‘I helped carry it’.)

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