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VERB + INFINITIVE

VERB + INFINITIVE


                         
  agree          offer            decide            appear      
  forget         need            refuse            attempt                
  plan           seem            learn{ to }       mean                
  promise     manage        arrange          pretend      
  dare           intend          threaten         fall      
  hope          hope            afford             tend      
                         
  If these verbs are followed by another verb, the       
  structure is usually verb + infinitive :        
                         
  It was late,so we decided to take a taxi home.    
  I like George, but I think he tends to talk too much.  
  How old were you when you learned to drive?    
  They agreed to lend me some money when I told them
  the position I was in.              
  He's lazy. He needs to work harder.        
  I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you.        
                         
Note these examples with the negative   NOT TO    
                         
  We decided not to go out  because of the weather.  
  She pretended not to see me as she passed me on  
  the street.                  
                         
You can not use  the infinitive with  think and suggest      
        gerund                
  Are you thinking of buying a car?        
  Jill suggested going to the movies.        
                         
      gerund                  
                         
                         
  There is a CONTINUOUS infinitive [ to be doing ] and a       
  perfect infinitive [ to have done ]. We use these       
  especially after seem, appear, pretend :      
                         
  I pretended to be reading.            
  [ I pretended that I was reading ]          
                         
  You seem to have lost weight.          
  [ It seems that you have lost weight.]        
                         
  He appears to be doing a good job.        
  [ It appears that he is doing a good job.]      
                         
DARE : You can say dare to do  or dare do [ without to ]      
                         
  I wouldn't dare to ask him or I wouldn't dare ask him.
                         
  After the following verbs you can use a question word       
  [ what / where / how, etc ] + infinitive :        
                         
  ask            decide       know        remember     forget      
  explain      understand              
                         
  We asked how to get to the station.        
  Have you decided where to go for your vacation?  
  Tom explained how to change the tire on the car.  
  I don't know whether to go to the paty or not.    
  Can you show me how to change the film in this camera?
  Ask Jack. He will tell you what to do.        
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         

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