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    Verb Forms after Object

    As I know, in English, there are some verbs that take both present participles and infinitives as object complements.

    Here are some examples. I tried to get the car going / to go.
    I want you coming / to come on time.

    Q1 : Are they different in meanings?
    Q2 : Are there some other verbs that can be used in the same way?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    There are many verbs that can take either a gerund (-ing noun) or an infinitive ("to" noun).

    In many cases, they have the same meaning.

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    Welcome to the forum, Keith. I think you'll find this site interesting. http://www.englishpage.com/gerunds/part_1.htm
    If you scroll down to numbers 5 and 6 and click on them, you'll find more specific information.

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    I appreciate your help. Perhaps I didn't make myself understood.

    I am wondering what verbs can be used in both patterns : "verb + someone + doing something" and "verb + someone + to do something."

    However, the list on that website shows the patterns : "verb + doing something" and "verb + to do something."

    In English, we say "He advised me to take the course." We don't say "He advised me taking the course."

    However, we say "He wants me to take the course," and "He wants me taking the course."

    I would like to know what other verbs can be used like "want."

    That is, what verbs can be used in both ways : "V + someone + to do something" and "V + someone + doing something."

    Thank you a lot!

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    You did, in fact, make yourself understood.
    Return to the link above. Scroll down to #5, List of Verbs Followed by Gerunds. In that list you will find several verbs with a small number 9 next to them. The note at the top of the page tells you that these verbs are followed by a gerund OR a noun+an infinitive.Then scroll down to #5, List of Verbs Followed by Infinitives. The note at the top of that page tells you that verbs with the number 8 next to them are verbs followed by an infinitive OR an optional noun+an infinitive.


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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    Thank you for your detailed explanation!

    It seems that the lists in #5 and #6 don't mention verbs followed by a noun + a gerund(or a present participle).

    As far as my knowledge goes, verbs like see, watch, hear, feel, want, get, and take are folllowed by a noun + a gerund.

    I would like to know if there are more examples of this kind.

    Thank you a lot.

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    A gerund acts as a noun.

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    Thank you for the tip. Since a gerund acts as a noun, in the sentence "He wants me taking this course," "taking" is a present participle. On the other hand, we also say. "He wants me to take this course."

    I want to know if the following two sentences also sound natural to you.

    He likes me to do this.
    He likes me doing this.

    Do they also mean the same thing?

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    Re: Verb Forms after Object

    "He wants me taking this course." is not a natural sentence. "He likes me to do this."
    "He likes me doing this." these are not very natural either.

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