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    Default Verb + -ing; Verb + to

    Hello!

    There are some verbs after which we have to use -ing and some verbs after wich we use to (infinitive). But also there`s a group of verbs after which we can use -ing or to, such as begin, start, continue, intend, bother (all verbs in my grammar book).
    I can't understand it quite well to separate other verbs that are not mentioned in the grammar book. Is it the point of remembering or there's the clear explanation of that?

    For example:
    I enjoy reading. Why can't we say - I enjoy to read?
    John intends buying a house. John intends to buy a house - is possible.
    I can remember the verbs in the grammar book, but how to know which rule is suitable for other verbs in the dictionary (there's plenty of them, as you know).

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: Verb + -ing; Verb + to

    You have to learn the verb patterns parrot-fashion.

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    Default Re: Verb + -ing; Verb + to

    I was ready to such answer. Thank you.

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    English is not a smooth sail for me either, if that is any consolation to you.

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