English Grammar

Infinitiv or Gerund


in my grammar lesson today I got some hints about
using infinitive or gerunds...

Some verbs which are always followed by the full infinitve
form of a verb are: "to want", "to refuse", "to seem",
"to manage" ... Ex: I promise to do my best.

Some verbs which are _always_ followed by the "ing" form
of an another verb are: "to enjoy", "to avoid",
"to consider" ... Ex: Please avoid making silly mistakes.

There are some verbs which could be followed by the full
infinitive form with "to" or by the "ing" form of a verb:
Ex: I hate making my bed. I hate to make my bed.

The verbs "to hate", "to like", "to love", "to prefer"
and verbs wich expresses preferences or aversion which are
followed by a concret action are always followd by the full
infinitive form with "to". But if the sentence is
a common statement which expresses a preference or an
aversion are followd by the "ing" form.

Does anybody know a _full_ list of all of these verbs?
In any circumstances?


  • Hi zaph,

    did you consult your english grammar? For example, if you are German: "Grammatik des heutigen Englisch", but it must exist in every country for every language.

    look under "Non finite constructions (infinitiv, gerund and participle) after verbs and verbal compexes"

    Good luck!

    (CW) Gwendo

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