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Verb Lists: Infinitives and Gerunds


Verbs Followed by an Infinitive

She agreed to speak before the game.

agreeaimappeararrange
askattemptbe ablebeg
begincarechoosecondescend
consentcontinuedaredecide
deservedetestdislikeexpect
failforgetgethappen
havehesitatehopehurry
intendleapleavelike
longlovemeanneglect
offeroughtplanprefer
prepareproceedpromisepropose
refuseremembersayshoot
startstopstriveswear
threatentryusewait
wantwish  



Verbs Followed by an Object and an Infinitive
Everyone expected her to win.

adviseallowaskbeg
bringbuildbuychallenge
choosecommanddaredirect
encourageexpectforbidforce
havehireinstructinvite
leadleaveletlike
lovemotivateorderpay
permitpersuadepreparepromise
remindrequiresendteach
tellurgewantwarn

Note: Some of these verbs are included in the list above and may be used without an object.



Verbs Followed by a Gerund

They enjoyed working on the boat.

admitadviseappreciateavoid
can't helpcompleteconsiderdelay
denydetestdislikeenjoy
escapeexcusefinishforbid
get throughhaveimaginemind
misspermitpostponepractice
quitrecallreportresent
resistresumeriskspend (time)
suggesttoleratewaste (time) 



Verbs Followed by a Preposition and a Gerund

We concentrated on doing well.

admit toapprove ofargue aboutbelieve in
care aboutcomplain aboutconcentrate onconfess to
depend ondisapprove ofdiscourage fromdream about
feel likeforget aboutinsist onobject to
plan onprevent (someone) fromrefrain fromsucceed in
talk aboutthink aboutworry about 


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