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    Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Hello,

    I guess one of the problems that many learners have it is about verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds. There are lots of verbs and each of them has its own distinct structure. It seems really confusing to me. Don't know how to cope with it Don't you know that how I can overcome this issue?

    Any helps are appreciated.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Can you give us some specific examples which are causing you problems?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you give us some specific examples which are causing you problems?
    You know what? I'm sick of memorising. If I want to speak formally I have got to memorise a great deal of literary or formal words! If I want to speak grammatically then I have got to memorise all the prepositions coming after the verbs. The problem is that expressing your intention is easy but expressing it in the typical English is so hard. Darn.

    You cannot believe it, I have been spending a lot of time to memorise all the literary and formal vocabulary but I can't retrieve many of them. at first, English seems easy but when you are soaked in it, you will find how frustrating it is.
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    Take the example below:

    1) He avoided answering my question.

    If I were to write the above sentence I would have said: He avoided to answer my question.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    There are numerous lists all over the internet, but I've found the best is practice, practice, practice.

    However, you don't really need to try and memorize all of them at once - start with some of the most common ones.

    When I introduce them to my students, I give them the various lists, but then have them highlight the ones I feel are used the most, tell them to memorize those, and refer to the list for ones they're unfamiliar with. You can find some basic lists as well as a lot of practice exercises here. The exercises are in groups of ten, I usually have my students do 5 or so at a time, over several weeks.

    Begin with memorizing most of the list of verbs which can take both gerund or infinitive with little difference in meaning - they're among some of the most frequently used, and there are relatively few of them.
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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna Stien View Post
    Not a teacher

    As far as I understood understand it, there are a certain number of verbs that you have to memorize. ) It's not a big deal!
    See above. Don't try to make your own emoticons. Ending a sentence with ) is not correct. Don't leave a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Take the example below:

    1) He avoided answering my question.

    If I were to write the above sentence I would have said: He avoided to answer my question.
    Not a teacher. 'Avoided' requires an object. 'Answering' is the object of the verb. Treat the gerund as a noun. I hope this explanation simplifies your problem.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Jun-2016 at 11:53. Reason: Moving and pruning quote.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    How would you learn a thing without memorizing? And who told you that learning English would be easy? Rome wasn't built in a day. So learn and practice and you will succeed!

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    There are numerous lists all over the internet, but I've found the best is practice, practice, practice.

    However, you don't really need to try and memorize all of them at once - start with some of the most common ones.

    When I introduce them to my students, I give them the various lists, but then have them highlight the ones I feel are used the most, tell them to memorize those, and refer to the list for ones they're unfamiliar with. You can find some basic lists as well as a lot of practice exercises here. The exercises are in groups of ten, I usually have my students do 5 or so at a time, over several weeks.

    Begin with memorizing most of the list of verbs which can take both gerund or infinitive with little difference in meaning - they're among some of the most frequently used, and there are relatively few of them.

    Thank you Skrej. Your webpage is really helpful.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above. Don't try to make your own emoticons. Ending a sentence with ) is not correct. Don't leave a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.

    What? "There ARE a certain number of verbs..."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Jun-2016 at 18:41. Reason: See below.
    Please correct my mistakes if you encounter any.

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    Re: Verbs followed by infinitives or gerunds

    I deleted 'Oh, Jesus!' Narkises.

    Many Christians find that expletive offensive.

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