Verbs followed by the gerund or infinitive

VERBS FOLLOWED BY THE GERUND OR INFINITIVE (WITH/WITHOUT ‘TO’)

s.o. = someone ; s.t.  = something ; #     = no difference in meaning  ; *     = different 

VERB

+ FULL OR BARE INFINITIVE

+ GERUND

accuse

 

s.o. of stealing s.t.

admit

 

to stealing s.t.

advise

s.o. to relax

 

agree

to co-operate with s.o.

 

aim

to finish s.t.

 

allow

s.o. to go

 

apologise

 

for being late

approve

 

of s.o.’s actions

assist

 

s.o. in moving house

attempt

to swim

 

avoid

 

meeting s.o.

beg

s.o. to stay

 

# begin

to study s.t.

studying s.t.

believe

 

in giving s.t.

beware

 

of losing s.t.

blame

 

s.o. for losing s.t.

* bother

to collect s.t.

about wearing s.t.

cease

to amaze s.o.

trying

claim

to own s.t.

 

confess

 

to murdering s.o.

contemplate

 

buying s.t.

continue

to argue with s.o.

arguing

cope

 

with living somewhere

cure

 

s.o. of stammering

decide

to move s.t.

against moving house

delay

 

putting s.t. into practice

deny

 

stealing s.t.

despair

 

of learning s.t. difficult

deter

 

s.o. from doing s.t.

detest

 

getting up early

discourage

 

s.o. from taking s.t.

dissuade

 

s.o. from hurting themselves

dread

to think s.t.

facing s.t.

dream

 

of winning s.t.

encourage

s.o. to ask s.t.

 

endeavour

to please s.o.

 

enjoy

 

swimming

envisage

 

having s.t.

escape

 

from being killed

evade

 

paying taxes

excel

 

in doing s.t.

excuse

 

s.o. for interrupting

fail

to realise s.t.

 

fancy

 

doing s.t.

feel like

 

drinking s.t.

forget

to lock s.t.

 

* go on

to add s.t.

working

guarantee

to repay s.t.

 

# hate

to dance

dancing

help

s.o. to carry s.t.

 

imagine

 

living somewhere

indulge

 

in drinking

insist

 

on seeing s.t./s.o.

keep

 

moving

keep on

 

repeating s.t.

* leave

s.o. to wash up 

s.o. standing alone

let

s.t./s.o. go

 

# like

to work

working

would like

s.o. to see s.t.

 

# loathe

to touch s.t.

touching s.t.

long

to go somewhere

 

look forward

 

to receiving s.t.

# love 

to watch s.t. 

watching s.t.

make

s.o. wait (for s.t.)

 

manage

to finish s.t.

 

mean

to kill s.o. 

 

mind

 

doing s.t.

miss

 

seeing s.o.

object

 

to s.o. doing s.t.

offer

to help s.o.

 

pay

s.o. to clean s.t. 

s.o. for cleaning s.t.

permit

s.o. to smoke

 

persist

 

in interrupting

persuade

s.o. to change their mind

 

prefer

to sit down

singing to dancing

pretend

to be s.o.

 

prevent

 

s.o. from falling

profit 

 

from doing s.t.

prohibit

 

s.o. from entering somewhere

punish

 

s.o. for stealing

recall

 

meeting s.o.

refuse

to speak to s.o.

 

* regret

to say that…..

hurting s.o.

* remember

  • to meet s.o.
  • to do s.t.

meeting s.o. (past)

resist

 

shouting at s.o.

risk

 

losing s.t.

# start

to speak (to s.o.)

speaking

* stop

to drink (when thirsty)

drinking (give up)

suspect

 

s.o. of lying

# try

to achieve s.t.

giving up

urge

s.o. to do s.t.

 

volunteer

to do s.t.

 

want

s.o. to listen 

 

warn

s.o. to be careful

s.o. against doing s.t.

IDIOMS

can’t help 

 

laughing

can’t stand 

 

losing someone

fancy

 

meeting you

hate

to say s.t.

 

spend time

 

dreaming

would rather 

go than stay

 

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