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.

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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.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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').

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, What is the structure of this sentence? : He likes to play football. Is it, N+V+p? Where N = noun, V= verb, p= prepositional phrase.

Hi Unique jain,

This form of analysis (parsing) is really part of linguistics rather than language learning, so it's not part of our focus here on LearnEnglish. However, you can find many parsing sites online which can analyse sentences for you, such as this one, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your reply. I checked the website that you mentioned but I couldn't sort out my problem from there.

Can you help me with this sentence? : He told him to go home. In the sentence the verb pattern is
" N+V+N+to+infinitive". According to my understanding, infinitive is the base form of the verb, which, in this case, is "go". Now, the part where I am having problem is that, why the verb pattern is : N+V+N+to+infinitive and not N+V+N+to+infinitive+N ?

Hello Unique jain,

As I said in my earlier reply, this is not something we deal with on LearnEnglish. In general, we have a policy of not providing answers for tasks, tests and homework from elsewhere. If we started to offer this service then we would have no time left for anything else!

I will give you one hint which will help you: the word 'home' here is not a noun, but an adverb.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your help. Though I still have some confusion about the question that I asked. I'll study all the remaining grammar units available here that I have not studied yet, that might help clear my doubt. And the sentence that I referred to in my question is not from somewhere else, it is mentioned above in the unit, I could not understand its structure that is why i asked. Anyway, thank you for taking time out to reply.

hi admin

where it come " to infinitive & ing " tell me clear way.

Hello again taj25,

There are many different kinds of sentences where you can use -ing or infinitive, so I'm afraid there is no easy answer. Our verbs followed by to + infinitive page has a list of verbs that are followed by verbs in the infinitive form, our verbs followed by -ing clauses has a list of verbs that are followed by verbs in the -ing form and our to + infinitive and -ing forms pages explain other ways these forms can be used.

I hope this helps you. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask us.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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