1 Some verbs are followed by the to-infinitive:

I decided to go home as soon as possible.
We all wanted to have more English classes.

Common verbs followed by the to-infinitive are:

Verbs of thinking and feeling:

  • choose
  • decide
  • expect
  • forget
  • hate
  • hope
  • intend
  • learn
  • like
  • love
  • mean
  • plan
  • prefer
  • remember
  • would like
  • would love

Verbs of saying:

  • agree
  • promise
  • refuse

Other common verbs are:

  • arrange
  • attempt
  • fail
  • help
  • manage
  • tend
  • try
  • want

2 Some verbs are followed by a noun and the to-infinitive:

She asked him to send her a text message.
He wanted all his friends to come to his party.

Common verbs with this pattern are:

Verbs of saying:

  • advise
  • ask
  • encourage
  • invite
  • order
  • persuade
  • remind
  • tell
  • warn *

*Note: The verb warn is normally used with not
The police warned everyone not to drive too fast.

Verbs of wanting or liking:

  • expect
  • intend
  • would
  • prefer
  • want
  • would like

Other verbs with this pattern are:

  • allow
  • enable
  • force
  • get
  • teach

3. Passive infinitive

Many of these verbs are sometimes followed by a passive infinitive
(to be + past participle):

I expected to be met when I arrived at the station.
They wanted to be told if anything happened.
I don’t like driving myself. I prefer to be driven.

 

Activity 1:

Match the 'to infinitive' clauses to the sentence beginnings.

 

Activity 2:

Match the 'to infinitive' clauses to the sentence beginnings.

 

Activity 3:

Match the 'to infinitive' clauses to the sentence beginnings.

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Comments

Hello sir

children are meant to be loved .

Children are meant to love.

Which z correct and translation?

Hell Sunny21parikh,

Both of these are possible, but the meaning is different. The first sentence has a passive verb form and means that other people (parents, for example) should love children. The second sentence has an active verb form and means that children should love other people (their parents, for example).

I'm afraid we don't translate on LearnEnglish.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi.
I was wondering if you could tell me the meaning of this sentence in Act 1: " I helped him to get his life back together again". the word TOGETHER makes me very confusing and Could i say: "I helped him to get his life back again"?

Hi student,

You can say that and in many contexts the meaning is very similar: to restore your life to some kind of order and coherence after a period of chaos (often emotional).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening.

Could you tell me which form of infinitive should I use to express some ativity using only one word. Should I say for example: TO SWIM, SWIM or SWIMMING? The sentence should consists only from a one verb, but my intension is not to order someone to start swimming.
Thank you in advance for your answer.

Hello pcabak,

I'm afraid we don't provide help with exercises from elsewhere, such as homework or tests. In any case, it is impossible to answer this without knowing the communicative purposem such as whether the sentence an answer to a question or not, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

How can the two sentences below be made in simple sentences except the passive infinitives?

1. Sofia Coppola is only the third woman to be nominated for best director. (Present)
2. Sofia Coppola was only the third woman to be nominated for best director. (Past)

Hello Microctg,

I'm not sure I understand your question fully. There are several ways to change the sentences so they do not include passive infinitives. The simplest would be as follows:

1. Sofia Coppola is only the third woman who has been nominated for best director.

2. Sofia Coppola was only the third woman who was nominated for best director.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much. You have exactly given what I wanted.

The word "love", what takes, an + ing or to + inf. I am confused here.

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