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.




Hi sir,
In the given below sentence verb SEE is used. Is it correct?
"We are looking forward to see you"

Hi ashok kumar0006,

The correct form here is

We are looking forward to seeing you.

The 'to' in this sentence is not part of an infinitive but rather a preposition and so it is followed by a noun ('...looking forward to the party') or a gerund ('...looking forward to seeing you').


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Hello LET. hope everything is going well with you all.
I just got a little confused in this section," using ing form or to-infinitive" the explanation says sometime verbs have the pattern ...
but when does a verb fallow the pattern N.V. ing and when the N-V- to inf/ N-V-N-to inf?

if you could kindly guide me pleas.


Hello Ambitious learner,

Some verbs take one pattern and other verbs take another. There is no way to know which pattern follows a verb from the meaning or form of a verb, which means that you have to learn them by studying and practising them.

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Dear Sir
'do'in the sentence given below is called bare infinitive. I am I correct?
The stepmother made Esmerelda do all the housework.
Thank you.
Best regards

Hello Andrew,

Yes, that is correct.


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Hi teachers
1. To infinitive or ing forms after verb is either an adverbial or an object. please how can one know when it is modifying the verb of the sentence or it is an object of the sentence?
Examples, He agreed to contribute to the program. They need to practice before the competition. He called to explain the issues. He remembered traveling every weekend. He likes playing golf.

2 Also when to infinitive comes after the object of a sentence, is it modifying the object or the verb?
Examples, He asked the student to pay the fees. he bought a ticket to travel to London. He advised the team to practice. She saw the man driving in the morning.
Please, how many verbs take only ing forms and how to get them ? in order to understand it, is it to memorize them or to know the meaning of each verb?

Dear all,

A question?
In the sentence, The Cook insisted that he taste the soup! After he its taste and not tastes! Why?
Thanks in advance for your replies.

Hello clarise33,

This is an example of the subjunctive mood. It is a fairly uncommon form in English but occurs after certain verbs, such as 'insist'. In terms of form, the subjunctive is the same as the base form:

The Cook insisted that he taste the soup!

The teacher asked that he be quiet.

I demanded that she sit down.

You can find more information on the subjunctive mood here.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sirs,
Are there any rule or using of ing forms and to infinitive?Because I can not understand using of them.For example as I said, ' I can not understand using of them' or should I say 'I can not understand to use of them'. I am always confused on these.
Please could you give me some tips about these.
Thank you so much.