We use the infinitive with “to” after some verbs. When there are two verbs in the same sentence, sometimes I don’t know if the verb after the main verb is used in its gerund or infinitive form.
Some time ago, my teacher gave me a list of common verbs followed by to + infinitive. But it’s important to do a lot of exercises to memorize this subject. See below the verbs that determine when to use an infinitive with to (to + verb).
Common verbs followed by to + infinitive:
- Agree – She agreed (main verb) to give (infinitive verb) a presentation at the meeting.
- Decide – We decided to go out for dinner.
- Plan – She plans to buy a new flat next year.
- Hope – I hope to pass the exam.
- Learn – They are learning to sing.
- Promise – We premised no to be late.
- Can afford – We can’t afford to go on holiday.
- Manage – He managed to open the door without the key.
- Demand – He demanded to speak to Mr. Harris.
- Choose – I chose to help.
- Offer – Frank offered to drive us to the supermarket.
- Wait – She waited to buy a movie ticket.
- Seem – Nancy seemed to be disappointed.
- Intend – We intend to visit you next spring.
- Pretend – The child pretended to be a monster.
- Refuse – The guard refused to let them enter the building.
- Tend – He tends to be a little shy.
- Deserve – He deserves to go to jail.
- Appear – His health appeared to be better.
- Arrange – Naomi arranged to stay with her cousin in Miami.
- Claim – She claimed to be a princess.
I found a very interesting website that has a complete list of verbs followed by infinitives. See more at: Verbs Followed by Infinitives
Do you want to know more about this topic? See also the post about the verbs followed by the gerund.