Verbs + Gerund / Infinitive


There are some verbs that need to be followed by Gerund (-ing) forms that are usually used as nouns and not as verbs) or an Infinitive.

The following are some of the verbs followed by Gerund or Infinitive:

Verbs + Gerund:

  • Admit
  • Avoid
  • Celebrate
  • Dislike
  • Suggest
  • Give up
  • Miss
  • Tolerate

Verbs + Infinitive:

  • Agree
  • Care
  • Decide
  • Hope
  • Manage
  • Pretend
  • Seem
  • Wait

Verbs + Gerund:

  • They admitted making a mistake.
  • He avoided paying taxes.
  • She celebrated passing her driving test.

Verbs + Infinitive:

  • We agreed to pay more for the house.
  • She just doesn’t care to come tonight.
  • I decided to travel for a year.

There is no rule to help you distinguish the uses. With practice and time you will learn which verbs are followed by Gerunds and which ones by Infinitive.

There are certain verbs which need to be followed by a Gerund or an Infinitive.

These are the most common verbs followed by Gerund: Admit, avoid, celebrate, dislike, suggest, give up, miss, tolerate.

These are the most common verbs followed by Infinitive: Agree, care, decide, hope, manage, pretend, seem, wait.

For example:
— “I admit loving you.” = The verb admit is used with verbs followed by Gerund.
— “I decided to marry him.” = The verb decide is used with verbs followed by Infinitive.

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