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Verb patterns

Introduction

Some verbs can only be followed by "to" + verb.

Other verbs must be followed by a gerund ("-ing").

And some verbs can be followed by both verb forms.

Examples

Examples of verbs which must be followed by "to" + verb: Examples of verbs which must be followed by a gerund ("–ing"): Examples of verbs which can be followed by either form:

Practice

Choose the correct answer a, b, c or d:

  • Susan loves horses. (ride)
     
  • My father needs to the hospital. (go)
     
  • I don't mind . (wash up)
     
  • Don't forget the bathroom. (clean)
     

Further practice

Complete the sentences with the correct answer from a, b, c or d:



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