Verbs Followed by Gerunds and Infinitives

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In English, if you want to follow a verb with another action, you must use a gerund or infinitive. For example: We resumed talking. (gerund – verb + ing) I want to see a movie. (infinitive – to + base verb) There are certain verbs that can only be followed by one or the other, and these verbs must be memorized.

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teacherVerbs Followed by Gerunds and InfinitivesIn English, if you want to follow a verb with another action, you must use a gerund or infinitive. For example: We resumed talking.(gerund- verb + ing)I want to see a movie.(infinitive- to + base verb)There are certain verbs that can only be followed by one or the other, and these verbs must be memorized. Many of these verbs are listed below. Common verbs followed by a gerund:Example:Hemissesplayingwith his friends.abhoracknowledgeadmitadviseallowanticipateappreciateavoidbe worthcan't helpcelebrateconfessconsiderdefenddelaydetestdiscontinuediscussdislikedisputedreadendureenjoyescapeevadeexplainfancyfearfeel likefeignfinishforgivegive up (stop)keep (continue)keep onmentionmind (object to)missnecessitateomitpermitpicturepostponepracticepreventput offrecallrecollectrecommendreportresentresistresumeriskshirkshunsuggestsupporttolerateunderstandurgewarrantCommon verbs followed by an infinitive:Example:Shethreatenedto quitif she didn't get a raise. agreeappeararrangeaskattemptbegcan/can't affordcan/can't waitcarechancechooseclaimcomeconsentdaredecidedemanddeservedetermineelectendeavorexpectfailgetgrow (up)guaranteehesitatehopehurryinclinelearnmanagemeanneedneglectofferpayplanpreparepretendprofesspromiseproverefuseremainrequestresolvesayseekseemshudderstrivestrugglesweartendthreatenturn outventure

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