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Verbs Followed by Infinitives

Some verbs are followed by infinitives (verb + infinitive). Other verbs are followed by an object before an infinitive (verb + object + infinitive).

First, let's look at verbs that are followed by an infinitive. Here are the verbs that you need to know.

affordagreeappear
arrangeaskattempt
can't waitcarechoose
claimconsentdecide
demanddeserveexpect
failgrowhesitate
hopehurryintend
learnmanagemean
needneglectoffer
payplanprepare
pretendpromiserefuse
requestseemstruggle
swearthreatenvolunteer
waitwantwish
would likeyearn

Follow this sentence pattern.

Subject + verb + infinitive...
  • We intend to meet our new client next Friday.
  • She decided to quit her job.
  • He will volunteer to help.
  • She threatened to kill me.
  • I have managed to finish all my work.
  • They pretended to be sleeping.
Remember that there are other ways to use these verbs. We do not always use them like this.
  • I want pizza.
  • I want to go home.
  • I swear that it is true.
  • I swear to protect you.
Now let's take a look at verbs that are followed by an object before an infinitive. The object is usually a person in these sentences.

adviseallowask
begcausechallenge
chooseenableencourage
expectforbidforce
gethelphire
instructinviteneed
orderpaypermit
persuadepromiseremind
requestrequireteach
tellurgewant
warnwishwould like

Follow this sentence pattern.

Subject + verb + object + infinitive...
  • My father taught me to ride a bike.
  • She invited Mark to see a movie.
  • They challenged me to do better.
  • I asked her to help.
  • They begged us to stop singing.
Some verbs can be followed by an infinitive or an object before an infinitive.

askchooseexpect
gethelpneed
wantwishwould like
  • I was asked to help.
  • I asked her to help.

  • I expect to win.
  • I expect her to win.

  • She would like to come.
  • She would like him to come.
Infinitives are a key part of the English language. If you want to learn English or speak English well, then you must have a firm understanding of infinitives and when you use them. Make sure to study the other lessons about English infinitives and gerunds. Knowing them well will help you speak English fluently.

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