Gerunds and Infinitives with Verbs Part 1

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See this page for verbs which change their meaning when followed by the gerund or the infinitive.

Here are some of the most common verbs that are usually followed by the gerund:

enjoyI enjoyed living in France
fancyI fancy seeing a film tonight
discussWe discussed going on holiday together
dislikeI dislike waiting for buses
finishWe've finished preparing for the meeting
mindI don't mind coming early
suggestHe suggested staying at the Grand Hotel
recommendThey recommended meeting earlier
keepHe kept working, although he felt ill
avoidShe avoided talking to her boss

And here are some common verbs followed by 'to' and the infinitive:

agreeShe agreed to give a presentation at the meeting
ask*I asked to leave early / I asked him to leave early
decideWe decided to go out for dinner
help*He helped to clean the kitchen / he helped his flatmate to clean the kitchen
planShe plans to buy a new flat next year
hopeI hope to pass the exam
learnThey are learning to sing
want*I want to come to the party / I want him to come to the party
would like*I would like to see her tonight / I would like you to see her tonight
promiseWe promised not to be late

*We can use an object before the infinitive with these verbs.

(Note that 'help' can also be followed by the infinitive without 'to' with no difference in meaning: 'I helped to carry it' = 'I helped carry it'.)

Try an exercise about gerunds and infinitives with these verbs here.

See the list of verbs part 2 here
See the list of verbs part 3 here
See the list of verbs part 4 here