verbs with to + infinitive


Some verbs have the pattern N + V + to+infinitive:

They agreed to help.
We decided to go.

Some verbs have the pattern N + V + N + to+infinitive:

She told him to go home.
They advised us to wait.

Note: we suggest that you read about Verbs with -ing forms before doing this activity.



dear sir i am a fresh learner so i am finding difficulty in english as i am studying english by myself at home by i need a propoer guidance from some teacher i hope for a best reply which favours me.......

Hello muhammad farooq,

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First of all, I would say that it is important to be in contact with the language as often and as regularly as possible. If you can, get into the habit of reading or listening to something in English every day. Set aside some time for reading, whether it is novels, short stories, articles or something else. This will help you to develop your vocabulary, to familiarise yourself with structures and to recycle what you learn rather than forgetting it.

Secondly, be clear about why you want to learn English and look for examples and models that are relevant to you. For example, if you want to learn English related to work or a professional context then have a look at our Business & Work section; if you are keen to work on your listening skills then try our Listen & Watch section.  Explore the materials here on LearnEnglish so you can familiarise yourself with what is available, and choose what you think will be most helpful for you and best suited to your needs.

Third, try to find a partner with whom you can regularly practise speaking. This might be a friend who is also learning English, or it might be a colleague or even a family member. The more you practise, the better you will get and this is true even if you cannot find a partner and can only speak to yourself at home!

I hope those suggestions are helpful. Remember that learning is a process and sometimes we do not feel that are making as much progress as we would like. This is normal - sometimes things go better and sometimes worse - but it is important to stay motivated and to not give up. If you can do that, then you will make progress.

Best wishes and good luck,



The LearnEnglish Team


  1. Students are trained for their future
  2. Students are to be trained for their future

Are these two sentences grammatically correct and are there any different between these two sentences?
Thank you.

Hello bimsara,

Both sentences are grammatically correct.  The first is an example of a present tense and describes a situation which is generally true.  The second is an example of a future form [be + to infinitive] which describes a planned or set future action.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

avoid                                             V  + ing

agree                                            to+infinitive

is that a rule ??

Hello goloconda!
There are a few exceptions. Suggest + v-ing is fine, but you can also use suggest object verb, as in I suggest you do this. Tell also needs an object (it is transitive when used like this) - He told me to do this. Advise can use either form - I advise studying English every day, or I advise you to study English every day. I advise to study English is defintiely wrong, though.
Unfortunately, like a lot of English, it's only a rule until it isn't! However, even if you make a mistake, it probably won't affect the meaning, so don't worry too much about it.

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team



Please explain reason behind it of 6/12. Since I have problem for other verbs why we use here to -infinitive not -ing verb like tell, put. Please help me to applying proper verb in sentences for proper reason so i can apply  or study for other sentences.

thanks reply



Hi sayali,
Adam answered a very similar question about item 6 below, so please see his reply.
There is no one simple rule about when to use the -ing versus to + inf. form. You simply have to learn which verbs are followed by which forms. This is a challenging thing to do so practicing a lot helps.
I hope this helps.
The LearnEnglish Team


it is question 6/12 . Why it is seeing instead of to see. I can't understand if verb can use both transitive and intransitive then how can we decide ing or to infinitive. on which basis we can decide it.

Please help me for this.