Verbs followed by infinitives

Verbs followed by infinitives

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.

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