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Gerunds and Infinities after Verbs

Some verbs can only be followed by gerunds, and other verbs can only be followed by infinitives. There is no logical rule to help you decide which verbs are followed by gerunds and which ones are followed by infinitives. You just have to remember! Reading and hearing verb and gerund or infinitive combinations will help you remember them.

Gerunds after Verbs

Listen to someone reading the following sentences with verbs that are followed by gerunds.

Other verbs that are followed by gerunds include: avoid, consider, delay, deny, discuss, enjoy, imagine, involve, mention, miss, postpone, practice, prevent, regret, risk, tolerate, and understand.

Infinitives after Verbs

Listen someone reading the following sentences with verbs that are followed by infinitives.

Other verbs that are followed by infinitives include: afford, agree, arrange, ask, attempt, beg, claim, deserve, expect, fail, grow, hesitate, hope, learn, need, offer, pretend, promise, refuse, seem, and wait.