Verb+Gerund or Infinitive
When we use two verbs together in a sentence, the second verb should be placed next to the gerund or infinitive. (They enjoy playing tennis - verb+gerund) (They want to play tennis - verb+to infinitive)
Common Verbs that Take Gerund:
- can't help
- can't imagine
- can't stand
- don't mind
- give up
We form the negative by placing "not" before the gerund.
Common Verbs that Take To+Infinitive:
- 'd/would like
We use the gerund:
- as the subject or object of the verb
- after a preposition (Shakespeare is famous for writing plays and poetry)
- after "be/get used to"
We use to+infinitive:
- after adjectives (I'm very sad to leave you)
- to give a reason or show purpose (He went to the shops to buy a coat)
These verbs can be used as: verb+to infinitive or verb+object+to infinitive: ask, beg, expect, help, mean, want, would hate, would like, would love, would prefer. Only verb+object+to infinitive: enable, force, invite, order, persuade, remind, teach, tell, warn.