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When one verb follows another, it may appear in the infinitive or –ing form.

The form
depends on the first verb, and the following structures are possible.
 VERB + (OBJECT) + INFINITIVE –TO.
E.g. Most people want to leave for a 100 years.

Other verbs include: allow (object+ to), decide, hope, manage, promise, teach (object+
to).
We also use the infinitive with –to with would + verb.
E.g. I like playing/to play tennis. (Both options are correct).

 VERB + -ing.
E.g. We prefer watching comedies.
Other verbs include: practise, recommend, suggest, understand...
We also use the –ing form after a preposition.
E.g. I’m going to give up learning Spanish.

 VERB + infinitive (to) or –ing.


E.g. I like to travel/I like travelling. (Both options are correct).
Other verbs include: advise, begin, continue, like, love, hate...

A) Complete the sentences with the B) Underline the correct form. If both forms
verbs in brackets in the correct form. are possible, underline both.
- Most people want ______ (live) in - Will good food enable people to live/living
this part of town. longer?
-She decided _______ (cancel) the - I don’t want to work/working when I’m 65.
appointment. - We don’t need to keep on to travel/travelling.
- Do you enjoy ______ (watch) TV? - Do you enjoy to shop/shopping new things?
- He taught me ________ (play) - They promised to pick/picking up from the
chess. airport.
- They’re really good at _______ - At what age did you start to worry/worrying
(help) problems. about money?
- We should carry on _______ (drive) - She decided to buy/buying new clothes.
for another hour. - Would you like to have/having something to
- Are you allowed ________ (come) eat?
with me? - I like to walk/walking early in the morning.
- They suggested ________ (take) - Many people hate to learn/learning new things.
the train. - He succeeded in to convince/convincing them
- I’d love ________ (see) that new to employ him.
film. - Romeo and Juliet continued to see/seeing
- They started ________ (study) each other even their parents tried to
English when they were 7 and now, stop/stopping them.
they like _____ (learn) new things.