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Transcript of Verb patterns
V+V and V+(to) V
With some verbs you can use: V+smb.+V-ing
imagine Nick singing
stop me telling
kept her waiting
for 2 hours.
mind you taking
I always enjoy watching this film.
He didn't fancy going out with us.
Most people dislike living here.
I don't mind waiting another 5 minutes.
Would you mind closing the door, please?
She suggested going for a walk.
Ann can't stand working in an office.
I can't help thinking about this new problem.
Stop telling me what to do, I'm not a baby!
Have you finished doing the dishes?
You mustn't delay calling your boss.
There are a lot of attempts to postpone ageing.
Can you imagine anything being so boring?
She considered applying for the job.
It's better to avoid overeating.
She admitted not listening to him.
He denied stealing the money.
Is there anything you miss doing abroad?
If you go there alone, you risk getting lost.
The job involved making a lot of phone calls.
Practise speaking English as much as you can.
After some verbs (esp.those below) you can use:
I admitted that I was wrong.
He denied that he had broken the vase.
Jack suggested that we went for a walk.
He isn't interested
I'm not very good
You must be fed up
What are the disadvantages
This knife is only
I bought a new bicycle
He went to work
I was/got used
I'm looking forward
The doctor told me to
in spite of
riding a bike.
cleaning this huge house.
being an only child?
having a cup of coffee?
going away on holiday.
getting up early.
hearing from you soon.
visiting them until tomorrow?
living like this.
out, he sent her an email.
How do you feel
the same job for ten years?
You can open the door
goodbye to anyone.
it’s no use/good
there is no point in
have (no) difficulty
a waste of money/time
to spend/waste time
It’s no use asking
him to help us, he won’t help.
There is no point in buying
such expensive things.
I loved the film! It is really
had no difficulty passing
a waste of time dating
all those men.
spent weeks looking
for a good job.
I’d like to
He offered to carry her bags.
I decided to stay longer with my parents.
She agreed to wait for me in a cafe.
He refused to tell his name.
What do you plan to do when you get back?
They arranged to meet at 8 o'clock.
I hope to get this role in his new film.
The government aims to overcome this problem.
How long did it take you to learn to ride a horse?
He didn't deserve to die like that.
Are you sure we can afford to buy it now?
Don't forget to post the letter I gave you.
He didn't even attempt to argue.
We managed to come to the airport in time.
They failed to prevent the robbery.
She promised not to be late.
He threatened to call the police.
You seem to have lost weight.
Tom appears to be worried about something.
David tends to forget people's names.
Just pretend to be a foreigner!
Scientists claim to have found the solution.
There is a
tendency to take
photos of everything.
He has a firm
decision to start
his own business.
You gave me a
promise not to talk
V+V-ing and V+to V
no difference in meaning
no difference in meaning
with a difference in meaning
+ to V
I'm sure I locked the door. I clearly
(You remember doing sth. after you have done it)
what I said.
(I did it and now I'm sorry about it)
go on working
here any more.
(Continue doing the same thing)
I had a terrible headache. I
an aspirin but it didn't help. (Do sth as an experiment or test)
Do you think my coat
(Sth needs to be done)
(She enjoys it)
remember to lock
the door when you leave.
(You remember to do sth. before you do it)
regret to say
that you have failed the test.
(I'm sorry that I have to say)
went on to be
manager of the company.
(Do or say sth new)
I was very sleepy but
tried to keep
my eyes open.
(To make an effort to do)
need to take
(It's necessarily for me to do it)
likes to clean
the kitchen as often as possible.
(She thinks it's a good or right thing to do)
What do you advise doing/me to do?
I wouldn't recommend staying/anybody to stay in that hotel.
She didn't allow smoking/us to smoke in the living room.
Parents always encourage studying/their children to study hard.
You permit doing/them to do everything.
Nobody can forbid telling/me to tell the truth.
The baby began crying/to cry.
It has started raining/to rain.
Jack intends buying/to buy a car.
He continued reading/to read the book.
Don't bother looking/to look for me.
I love giving/to give presents.
I hate waking/to wake up with an alarm clock.
I prefer living/to live in the country.
She can't bear being/to be alone at home.
She told him to open the window.
The Queen ordered to build a hospital.
Can you remind me to call Ann tomorrow?
I was warned not to touch the switch.
I couldn't move it myself. I got somebody to help me.
The company forced a lot of people to retire.
They invited him to stay for dinner.
It will enable to strengthen competitive positions.
She persuaded me to apply for the job.
Who taught you to drive?
Do you want me to stay?
We expected (Tom) to be late.
I want to ask (you) to do me a favour.
I beg to say that... Say that I beg him to come.
He helped (her) to carry those heavy boxes.
I meant to refuse his offer but I didn't.
Would you like me to bring you another size?
I would love to move somewhere.
He would hate to hear you crashed it.
She would prefer to fly back to London.
! (passive): be made
They were made to run extra distance.
He made him tell what had happened.
Let me tell you something.
I daren't ask him to lend me some money.
I would rather stay at home (than go out).
(Shall I stay here? - I'd rather you came with us.)
Can you help (to) move the piano?
Nobody dares (to) argue with him.
I enjoy learning
I want to learn
V+V-ing / V+to V
I like walking alone.
I like to walk alone.
Let me explain it!