Language Course (Infinitive vs Gerund)

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Infinitives are the "to" forms of the verb, for example: to go, to eat, to play.

Using an infinitive suggests that you are talking about future or potential activities or experiences.

We use infinitives:

1. After verbs that generally refer to a future event:

afford decide help offer seem
agree deserve hope order swear
aim demand intend plan threaten
arrange expect learn pretend wait
attempt fail manage promise want
choose happen need refuse would like

Example: She threatened to quit if she didn't get a raise.

2. After adjectives:

  • be disappointed
  • be glad
  • be happy
  • be pleased 


  1. I'm pleased to meet you.
  2. I'm disappointed to hear that you flunked maths.

3. After "too" & "enough":

  • too difficult
  • easy enough


  1. It's too difficult to convince him to be helpful.
  2. But it's easy enough to fool him to get what you want.


Gerunds are the forms of the verb with "-ing" ending, for example: reading, skating etc.

Using a gerund suggests that you are referring to real activities or experiences. 

We use gerunds:

1. After some verbs that refer to real-time activities:

admit delay forgive practise
advise discuss imagine prevent
allow enjoy keep (continue) recall
appreciate explain mention recommend
avoid fancy mind (object to) report
be worth fear miss resist
can’t help feel like permit risk
consider finish postpone suggest

Example: He misses playing with his friends.

2. After prepositions:

  • aim at
  • keep on
  • interested in    
  • instead of
  • good at
  • before
  • after 


  1. I am interested in collecting stamps.
  2. After playing football I drank an orange juice.

3. After some expressions:

  • It's no use ...
  • It's no good ...
  • There's no point in ...
  • I can't help...
  • I don't mind...
  • I can't stand/bear...

Example: It's no use convincing him to meet her. 

Choose the best option.

I enjoy ________ to get up so early in the morning. Sleeping in is great!

  • not to have
  • not having
  • having
  • not have

To be or not to be? Being or not being?

Drag verbs used with gerunds to the corresponding field in the alphabetic order.

Drag verbs used with infinitives to the corresponding field in the alphabetic order.

  • Enjoy
  • Accuse of
  • Want
  • Seem
  • Agree
  • Promise
  • Deny
  • Worry about
  • Hope
  • Can't help

Choose the best options.

She quit ____________ about ____________ unemployed and decided ____________ her own business.

  • complaining
  • to complain
  • to be
  • being
  • to set up
  • setting up

Gerund or infinitive? Fill in the right form of the verbs in brackets.

1. He promised  his chores.

2. I need  with you.

3. I advised her   some soup.

4. He is responsible for  all the buildings.

5. They avoid  us.


Click on the verbs followed by a gerund or infinitive with a change in meaning.

Match the parts of the sentences.

  • She suggested
    taking the train as the traffic was terrible.
  • I find it difficult
    to remember new words.
  • They accused him of
    stealing money.
  • I am going to the party, so I need
    to buy a new dress.
  • She was worried about
    failing the exam.

Mark the sentences as correct or incorrect.

  • Some people prefer getting up early in the morning.
  • I look forward to help you paint the house.
  • She suggested to go to a movie.
  • Sandra decided studying economics in London.
  • I don't know what I want to do tonight.
  • Jim doesn't feel like going to a party tonight.

Choose the best answer option.

Congratulations on passing this course!

Hopefully, now you've got a better idea of gerund and infinitive.

To train a bit more, follow this link: Gerunds infinitive spin

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