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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


Hello Stephane,

Please note there are three different forms in your sentences:

  1. I love to go
  2. I love going
  3. I'd love to go

We can use both 1 and 2 to talk about repeated actions (e.g. 'I love to go (going) to the cinema'), but when we talk about a situation that began or existed in the past, 2 is the correct form (e.g. 'I loved going to school when I was young').

3 is used to talk about a specific opportunity in the present. For example, if your friend asked you 'Do you want to go to the cinema today?', to say yes, you could say 3. It is not to talk about going to the cinema in general, it is to talk about a chance to go in the present.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Stephane,

That's right, it would not be correct to say 'having done' instead of 'doing' in this kind of sentence - 'doing' is the correct choice here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,
The flowers need watering
The flowers need to be watered (to be +v3)
Why not?
The flowers need to be water by john (to infinitive)

Hello fahri,

That's simply not a correct form in standard English. I'd suggest thinking of the second sentence as a passive infinitive, since the idea of the passive voice is important to it. Also, remember that the passive voice is generally not used unless there is a specific reason to do so.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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'.


Best wishes,


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