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York Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob and Stephen enjoy talking about grammar, so stop to watch them discuss verbs followed by gerunds, v-ing, and infinitives, to + verb, as well as chat about too and very.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I' m really sad this is the last episode of these series . I wish to see more of them.

Hello dear team, I'm so pleased for not having too much trouble learning this topic but I'm really confused with one of them, i mean with this verb "like" because in the video Stephen says: "i liked looking for treasure" and Mr Rob says that verbs following for "like" are use in the ing-form but in tast 1, Verb patterns 1, sentence 6 says: "Would you like _____ tonight? There are some good films on at the cinema" and the correct answer is A. following by "to" infinitive form, it's not even C. both of them. Could you help me to understand pls. I hope you can understand my question. you guys are the best

Hello Joel,

Verbs following like can be in the -ing form or the to-infinitive form:

I like swimming. [I enjoy it]

I like to swim. [This is my choice of how to spend time]


Your example, however, is a little different. In your sentence you have the form would like and not just like. We use would like to describe what we want or desire and it is followed by the to-infinitive or by a direct object:

I would like to see the new film. [to-infinitive]

I would like a coffee. [direct object]



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot Mr Peter.

This is not an easy one. I can't understand when I've to put the gerund and when not, I hope to learn this argument as soon as possible, I'd better go reading.

Hello, Dear Team.
Help me solve this problem, please.
1. 'Help' is one of some verbs are followed by the to-infinitive.
For example : " I'll help you to finish it".
2. 'Help' is one of any verbs are followed by the bare infinitive (without 'to').
For example : " Help me carry my shoes".
So when I have to decide to use a verb 'Help' with the first explanation and the second explanation above?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

Some verbs can be used in more than one way and 'help' is one of these. Both the infinitive without to and the infinitive with to are correct after 'help':

I helped him carry the bag.

I helped him to carry the bag.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,

I saw in dictionary, the -ing form of 'Managing' or 'Leading' is used as adjective. can it be used as noun when I put in front of sentence like 'Managing 100 people is mandatory' or 'Leading the students in history discussion is the interesting activity'?

Hello Lianop,

Yes, that is correct. The -ing form of a verb has many uses, and one of them is 'nominalise' (turn into a noun) a verb -- this is also commonly called a 'gerund'. In both of your example sentences, 'managing' and 'leading' are nouns.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Alyson,

Yes, your analysis is correct. Prepositions (such as 'for') take gerunds after them.

I'm afraid, however, that 'take' doesn't collocate with 'videos'. While we 'take' pictures, we 'make' (or 'shoot') videos.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team