Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|36. Verb + to Infinitive

Read the rules

offer, decide, hope, deserve, promise, agree, plan, manage, afford, threaten, refuse, arrange, fail, forget, learn


After these verbs you can use to(infinitive):

1. It was late, so we decided to take a taxi home.

2. Simon was in a difficult situation, so I agreed to help him.

3. How old were you when you learnt to drive? (or learnt how to drive)

4. I waved to Karen, but failed to attract her attention.


The negative is not to… :

1. We decided not to go out because of the weather.

2. I promised not to be late.


After some verbs to… is not possible. For example, enjoy/think/suggest:

1. I enjoy reading. (not enjoy to read)

2. Tom suggested going to the cinema. (not suggested to go)

3. Are you thinking of buying a car? (not thinking to buy)

Read the rules

We also use to… after:

seem, appear, tend, pretend, claim

For example:

1. They seem to have plenty of money.

2. I like Dan, but I think he tends to talk too much.

3. Ann pretended not to see me when she passed me in the street.


There is also a continuous infinitive (to be doing) and a perfect infinitive (to have done):

1. I pretended to be reading the newspaper. (= I pretended that I was reading)

2. You seem to have lost weight. (= it seems that you have lost weight)

3. Martin seems to be enjoying his new job. (= it seems that he is enjoying it)


Read the rules

After dare you can use the infinitive with or without to:

  • I wouldn’t dare to tell him. or I wouldn’t dare tell him.

But after dare not (or daren’t), you must use the infinitive without to:

  • I daren’t tell him what happened. (not I daren’t to tell him)

Read the rules

After some verbs you can use a question word (what/whether/how etc.) + to… . We use this structure especially after:

ask, decide, know, remember, forget, explain, learn, understand, wonder

We asked how to get to the station.
Have you decided where to go for your holidays?
I don’t know whether to apply for the job or not.
Do you understand what to do?

Also show/tell/ask/advise/teach somebody what/how/where to do something:

1. Can somebody show me how to change the memory card in this camera?

2. Ask Jack. He’ll tell you what to do.

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Complete the sentences for these situations

Grammar_IELTS


Complete each sentence with a suitable verb from the list. There are four extra verbs you don’t need to use

Put the verb into the correct form, to… or -ing

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Make a new sentence using the verb in brackets

Complete each sentence using what/how/whether + the following verbs:

ride, go, say, do, use

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

Урок Homework Курс
  • To...
  • They seem to have plenty of money
  • Read the rules
  • They decided to get married
  • Suitable verb
  • To...or -ing
  • You've lost weight
  • What / how / whether
  • Homework
  1. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|1. I am doing and I do
  2. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|2. I am doing and I do
  3. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|3. I did
  4. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|4. I was doing
  5. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|5. I have done
  6. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|6. I have done 2
  7. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|7. I have been doing
  8. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|8. I've been doing / I've done
  9. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|9. How long have you (been)...?
  10. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|10. For/since; When/How long?
  11. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|11. I have done and I did
  12. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|12. I have done and I did 2
  13. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|13. I had done
  14. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|14. I had been doing
  15. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|15. The future: I am doing / I do
  16. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|16. I will and I'm going to
  17. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|17. Future: Continuous/Perfect
  18. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|18. Conditional I
  19. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|19. Can, could and (be) able to
  20. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|20. Have to and must
  21. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|21. If I do... and If I did...
  22. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|22. If I knew... I wish I knew...
  23. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|23. Conditional III
  24. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|24. Wish
  25. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|25. Is done / was done
  26. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|26. Be/been/being + done
  27. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|27. Passive 3
  28. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|28. Passive: He is said to...
  29. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|29. Have something done
  30. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|30. He said that...
  31. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|31. Say and Tell
  32. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|32. Do you know where..?
  33. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|33. Auxiliary verbs; so/neither
  34. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|34. Do you? Isn't it? etc.
  35. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|35. Gerund
  36. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|36. Verb + to Infinitive
  37. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|37. Verb + Object + to Infinitive
  38. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|38. -ing or to: change in meaning
  39. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|39. Try/Need/Help: -ing or to
  40. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|40. Like / Would like: -ing or to
  41. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|41. Some/any/no/none
  42. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|42. Much/many/few/little
  43. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|43. Both/either/neither/all/every