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.

Exercise

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consider
mind 
avoid                                             V  + ing
suggest
enjoy
feel

want
decide
agree                                            to+infinitive
ask
tell
advise

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.

regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

   

Hi,
In your example:
I suggest you do this
what is its difference with some sentences like this:
I suggest you to do this

Regards

Hello eliyas.1368,

'Suggest' is not followed by an infinitive with 'to', so the second sentence is incorrect.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I think that it is not very bad exercise!))
Asya

Hello

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

sayali

 

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.
-Erik
The LearnEnglish Team

hello

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.

Hello Sayali,

I only use 'suggest' with the -ing form, not followed by an infinitive. There may be some people who use it with the infinitive, but you're safest to stick to the '-ing' form.

Best wishes,

Adam

The LearnEnglish Team

Hallo,
it is the question 5/12
What does it meand "to hand in".
Congratulation for didactic concept of the pages from Grammar and Words

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