It can be difficult to know when to use infinitives and gerunds. Here we have for you a simple explanation of rules to follow for understanding the difference between them.
Verbs that can be followed by an infinitive
After verbs that generally refer to a future event
The government aims to reduce illiteracy rates
- be determined
- be disappointed
- be glad
- be happy
- be pleased
"I'm glad to know that you passed the exam." "I'm pleased to meet you." "I'm disappointed to hear that you flunked maths."
After "too" & "enough"
- "It's too difficult to convince him to be helpful."
- " But it's easy enough to fool him to get what you want."
- We can't afford to buy a new car.
- She agreed to help him.
- He arranged to stay at a hotel.
- He attempted to join them.
- He chose to stay at home.
- She consented to marry him.
- They decided to go to the movies.
- He deserves to be punished.
- He demanded to speak to Mrs.Lynch
- They endeavor to provide the best possible service
- They expected to arrive early.
- He failed to convince him.
- They happened to be at the theatre when we met them.
- She helped me to do the exercise.
- I hope to join you as soon as possible.
- She intends to write an autobiography.
- He learned to play the guitar when he was young.
- He managed to do his homework without his mother's help.
- I need to find a job.
- He offers to help us.
- He plans to follow a career as an engineer.
- The child pretended to be asleep.
- He proceeded to show us how to use the machine.
- She promised to come on time.
- She refused to forgive him.
- He seemed to be unhappy.
- I swear to tell the truth.
- He threatened to reveal her secret.
- He always volunteers to help the needy.
- I want to finish my work early.
- He would hate to lose.
- He would like to drink a cup of tea.
- I would love to meet you.
Verbs commonly followed by a gerund
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