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Verbs followed by infinitives part 1

You might have read my post on verbs followed by gerunds. If you haven’t and you’d like to, go here.

So, in this post we will focus on verbs only followed by infinitives.

  1. Agree + infinitive
    • Kevin agreed to help me.
    • We agreed to bring a cake to the party.
  2. Appear + infinitive
    • His health appeared to be better.
    • Artie appeared to be drunk.
  3. Arrange + infinitive
    • Jackson arranged to stay with his cousin in Miami.
    • They arranged to bring a friend to the airport.
  4. Claim + infinitive
    • She claimed to be a princess.
    • They claimed to be older than they were.

Ready to take a quiz? This quiz covers this post and the gerund post part 1. (the link is above if you’d like to review!)

Verb followed by gerund of infinitive?

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Verbs followed by gerunds part 1

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!Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.20.46 PM) 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.





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