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


Hello dear team,
To infinitive
I can come tomorrow
You must try again
You should stay here
Why not?
I can to come tomorrow
You must to try again
You should to stay here

Could someone tell me what Stephen says at the end : " let's almost ...... "???????

Hello englishnoob,

Stephen says '...almost a tongue-twister'.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, well thank you for this vedio but the truth is that I'm lost and I can find this hard to define the gerund and I get confused between it and the participant in the sentence , I hoep you can help me .Thank you

Hi asma gh,

There is no difference between the gerund and present participle in form - both look the same. The difference is the role which each has in the sentence. The gerund functions as a noun in the sentence, so it can be a subject or object. The present participle is a verb form, so it can be used as part of a verb construct (as part of a continuous form, for example) or as part of a clause describing a noun (a participle clause).


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The LearnEnglish Team

It was too difficult

I want to know what difference would appear in the meaning of sentence no 1 of task 1 if we use infinitive form instead of gerund.I am not able to figure out.I have thought it should have same

Hello archijais,

The infinitive is not used after the verb 'recommend', so the sentence would be incorrect. The only other possible form besides 'spending' would be 'that you spend'. Different verbs take different forms after them, and must be learned individually. A good resource for this is our dictionary, which shows the verb forms used along with example sentences - there you can see how they are typically used.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Excellent Explanation. Thanks Rob. I think hearing more English will help me to remember which verb take gerund or infinitive and which take both and whether there is difference in meaning or not. I have a question regarding too and very in task 3 number 7 and 8 . 7-Our house is very Old.It's got lots of character. and8- Our house is too old .We're always having problems with it.
actually I don't understand why we use( very) in number 7 and (too) in 8 , Could you explain it to me please? Thanks