Gerunds and Infinitives

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It can be a little difficult to know when to use gerunds and infinitives. We use gerunds (verb + ing): * After certain verbs - I enjoy singing * After prepositions - I drank a cup of coffee before leaving * As the subject or object of a sentence - Swimming is good exercise We use 'to' + infinitive:

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GerundsGerunds and InfinitivesIt can be a little difficult to know when to use gerunds and infinitives. We use gerunds (verb + ing):* Aftercertain verbs- Ienjoy singing* After prepositions - I drank a cup of coffeebefore leaving * As the subject or object of a sentence -Swimmingis good exercise We use 'to' + infinitive:* Aftercertain verbs- Wedecided to leave* After many adjectives - It'sdifficult to getup early * To show purpose - I came to Londonto studyEnglish* Gerunds and Infinitives with Verbs Part 1* (seepart two hereandpart three here)* Here are some of the most common verbs that are usually followed by the gerund: enjoy| I enjoyedlivingin France|fancy| I fancyseeinga flim tonight|discuss| We discussedgoingon holiday together|dislike| I dislikewaitingfor buses|finish| We've finishedpreparingfor the meeting|mind| I don't mindcomingearly|suggest| He suggestedstayingat the Grand Hotel|recommend| They recommendedmeetingearlier|keep| He keptworking, although he felt ill|avoid| She avoidedtalkingto her boss|* And here are some common verbs followed by 'to' and the infinitive: agree| She agreedto givea presentation at the meeting| ask*| I askedto leaveearly / I asked himto leaveearly| decide| We decidedto goout for dinner|help*| He helpedto cleanthe kitchen / he helped his flatmateto cleanthe kitchen| plan| She plansto buya new flat next year|hope| I h

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