There are thousands of rules in English. In this series, I will teach you which verbs are followed by gerunds (or infinitives) with 100% certainty (when they are followed by verbs! Look at the examples below). There are others that can be followed by both but first, I will teach you which ones are followed by gerunds or infinitives 100% of the time. (I love rules like this!) Each post will include 4 verbs so that you can learn them little by little! 🙂
1. Admit+ gerund or +to+gerund
- He admitted (to) cheating on the test.
- We admitted to running the red light. (slang for not stopping when the stop light is red.)
- I admitted making the mistake.
2. Anticipate + gerund
- I didn’t anticipate arriving late.
- I anticipated having to stay after class.
3. Avoid+ gerund
- Kaitlyn avoided talking to her friend.
- He avoided doing his homework
4a. Can’t help + gerund
- I can’t help being this way.
- Kevin couldn’t help laughing when his sister spit out her food.
- Jackson can’t help talking so loudly.
4b. Can’t see (understand) + gerund
- I can’t see (understand) paying so much for a pair of shoes.
- My mom can’t see (understand) buying so many books for such a short flight.