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.

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Hi everybody! I love "Word on the Street" series, it's so amazing and so useful. Why don't you publish some new videos?

Then, i've trouble about this subject: is there any trick to remember when a verb is followed by TO INFINITIVE and when a verb is followed by ING? For example I WANT TO EAT / I LIKE EATING -----> why a verb is followed by To Infinitive and why a verb is followed by Ing?

Thank you very much indeed
Sergio

Hello Doctor Danny,

I'm afraid there is no simple rule to learn for this; it's necessary to learn the patterns for each verb.  However, we do have several pages which can help you with this, providing lists of verbs for each pattern, examples and exercises:

verbs followed by -ing clauses

verbs followed by to + infinitive

verbs followed by that clause

I hope those links are helpful for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone! i liked this listen i get it :) thank you very much
 

Hello!
I think I hear Rob and Stephen said, ".... too too..." at the near end of this clip and I can't find it in online dictionaries. Could you please explain me about this usage?
Thanks you very much.

Hello Aung Thet Naing,
You've got good hearing!  He does indeed say 'too... too' but I think it's just a stutter or a stammer, which happens to all of us sometimes.
Well done for catching that!
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

First of all I`d like to thank you for your web site it is awesome I love it then I have a question. Is it possible to use gerund or infinitive with the verb "like" without the meaning changes.
e.g. I like to swim or I like swimming
Tks

Hi Eduardoh,
Thanks for letting us know that you like LearnEnglish - it's always great to hear!
That's right, after the verb like it's possible to use both the to infinitive or the -ing form of the verb, and there is no difference in meaning.
You might find it useful to look at some of the pages that Jeremy Bee recommends in his response to Rabbi Wong just below (3 January 2013).
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,everyone. I still don‘t understand the difference between gerunds and to-infinitives,could anyone offer a help please?

Hi,,i am new on this club  so please i need your cooperation because my big problem is language but i will be very happy if you will help wherever i do the mistake.
 

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