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.



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,


The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir can you help me over this problem ,I am struggling to connect the sentences, like where to change the sentence ,(from one tense to another )for an example -(Far from convincing / people, this strategy / only SEEM to alienate / many of them further. No error) In this sentence "seemed" should be replace 'seem'

and I am not getting it...

Hello Waiz Ansari,

I'm afraid there is no single correct answer here. You can use almost any time reference for 'seem': you could say 'seemed', 'seems' 'has only seemed', 'had only seemed', 'will only seem', 'is only going to seem' etc. This is because there is no context to the sentence and no indication of what time you are referring to.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

alas! ....so help me how to overcome this ......as I am from india there is competition to get jobs and in process of recruitment they took exams in exams they ask only grammar like we discuss above ......... plz suggest me something to get better understanding of grammar ....for reference plz once check the link how they ask question http://www.affairscloud.com/english-questions-and-answers/spotting-errors/

Hello Waiz,

'seem' is not correct in that sentence because it doesn't agree with the subject. In other words, the subject ('this strategy') is a third person singular subject, and therefore should take a third person singular verb. 'seem' is a third person plural verb.

As Peter points out, the answer could actually be in almost any tense: 'seems', 'seemed', etc.

Good luck on your exam!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you sir .....please clear once more doubt ..........AT where can we use "at" I know some about at that we can use it like, at station, at 5 pm or so ....but there is a vast ara where we can use it please explain

Hello Waiz Ansari,

As you say, this is a vast area - far too big for us to list all the uses of this word in a comment! However, if you look the word up in an online dictionary then you will see many examples - see the entry here, for example.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,


The LearnEnglish Team