Language Course (Infinitive vs Gerund)

Welcome to the course "Infinitive vs Gerund"!

Learning how to use gerunds and infinitives is one of the most challenging aspects of learning English.

Not sure which particular verbs are followed by ing and to? Pass the course and you'll get it.

Tigrinya Alphabets

ትግርኛ Alphabets

Tigrinya or written as (Tigrigna) is a member of afroasiatic language an it is spoken by most Eritreans and in some part of Ethiopia. Tigrinya differs markedly from the classical Geez Language by having phrasal verbs, and in using a word-order that places the main verb last instead of first in the sentence. There also is a strong influence of Ge'ez on Tigrinya literature, especially with terms that relate to Christian life, Biblical names, and so on. As shown down below, these are the common alphabets used to talk or write. 

how to read and pronounce the alphabets.

In Tigrinya

In English

he

hu

hi

ha

hie

h

ho

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

le

lu

li

la

lie

l

lo

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

HE

HU

HI

HA

HIE

H

HO

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

me

mu

mi

ma

mie

m

mo

 

In Tigrinya

In English

se

su

si

sa

sie

s

so

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

re

ru

ri

ra

rie

r

ro

 

In Tigrinya

In English

se

su

si

sa

sie

s

so

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

ke

ku

ki

ka

kie

k

ko

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

Pornounce

be

 

bu

bi

ba

bie

b

bo

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

te

tu

ti

ta

tie

t

to

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

gne

gnu

gni

gna

gnie

gn

gno

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

ne

nu

ni

na

nie

n

no

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

a

au

ai

aa

aie

ae

o

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

ke

ku

ki

ka

kie

k

ko

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

we

wu

wi

wa

wie

w

wo

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

 

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

ze

zu

zi

za

zie

z

zo

 

In Tigrinya

In English

ye

yu

yi

ya

yie

y

yo

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

de

du

di

da

die

d

do

 

In Tigrinya

In English

ge

gu

gi

ga

gie

g

go

 

In Tigrinya

In English

TE

TU

TI

TA

TIE

T

TO

 

In Tigrinya

In English

PE

PU

PI

PA

PIE

P

PO

 

In Tigrinya

In English

xe

xu

xi

xa

xie

x

xo

 

In Tigrinya

In English

xe

xu

xi

xa

xie

x

xo

 

 

In Tigrinya

In English

fe

fu

fi

fa

fie

f

fo

In Tigrinya

In English

pe

pu

pi

pa

pie

p

po

 
                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

be disappointed2. After adjectives:Example: She threatened to quit if she didn't get a raise.

  • be glad
  • be happy
  • be pleased 

Examples:

  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

Examples:

  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

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 

Examples:

  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. 

Verbs followed by gerunds or infinitives

Verbs followed by a gerund or infinitive with no change in meaning:

Example: It started to rain. / It started raining.

  • begin
  • can’t bear
  • can’t stand
  • continue
  • hate
  • like
  • love
  • prefer
  • propose
  • start

Verbs followed by a gerund or infinitive with a change in meaning:

Forget

1. He forgot opening the window (He opened the window, but he forgot doing so).

2. He forgot to open the window (He was supposed to open the window, but he forgot).

Regret

1. She regrets quitting her job. (She left her job, and now she regrets it.)

2. She regrets to quit her job. (She still works but she is sorry to quit her job.)

Stop

1. He stopped chatting. (He was chatting, and then he stopped.)

2. He stopped to chat. (He was doing something else, and then he stop in order to chat.)

Remember

1. I remembered locking the storage. (I had a memory in my mind of locking the storage.)

2. I remembered to lock the storage. (I locked the storage as I should have.)

Try

1. They tried moving to Australia. (They moved to Australia for some time to see if it works out for them.)

2. They tried to move to Australia. (They made an attempt to move to Australia, but it wasn't successful. They didn't move to Australia after all.)

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

1. You fear   (sell) your house.

2. We are always happy  (help).

3. We are dedicated to   (change) how things work.

4. We can't afford  (bowl) tomorrow night.

5. We are really excited about  (climb) that mountain.

Choose the best option.

  • not to have
  • not having
  • having
  • not have
I enjoy ________ to get up so early in the morning. Sleeping in is great!

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.

  • complaining
  • to complain
  • to be
  • being
  • to set up
  • setting up
She quit ____________ about ____________ unemployed and decided ____________ her own business.

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

Thanks for participating in the course!