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Question about verb with infinitive and gerund I have been told that some verb can followed by infinitive while others can't. And some verb can followed by both of them, and parts of those verbs express different meaning when they are with infinitive or gerund. Is all I have to do is just to memorize very single verb? Or are there some rules can help me to master them? Thank your every much!
Nov 13, 2009 8:02 AM
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Hello durk, There are 3 steps that interact together and lead to memorizing those verbs and to eventually being able to use them naturally and fluently in speech and written text. 1- Understanding the usage of the verbs ,when and how to use form the combination of 2 verbs . What are the auxiliary verbs ? What is the infinitive ? the gerund? etc.. 2- Practice using them through grammar exercises, speaking , listening ,reading and every possible method . 3- This will lead on the long run to memorize them. Memorizing is the natural result of initially understanding the concept than practicing it intensively enough. @ Richard, it is not memorizing Xusha's information directly ,rather understanding the way sentences are formed, applying those verbs and exercising their usage continuously, that will lead eventually to memorizing them. As a native English speaker you learn at a very early age initiative recognition of the words and form usages before even having developed cognitive skills. So the application of those verbs in their different forms seem "natural" and don't apply much analyzing to their structures. However for an English language learner they will depend more on their cognitive skills which requires analyzing and linking information to understand the concept, then through constant repetition manage to memorize its usage. This applies for an academic learner pursuing an English language course , however it is important to mention that others could through merely learning words from mouth , mingling a lot with natives , listening a lot to English through watching movies ,hearing songs etc,manage to memorize those structures much like the way a native speaker does at an early age. This will not be however sufficient for everyone to achieve an adequate level of applying the structure. In general a mixture of both ( theoretical and practical usage) could lead to the best results.
November 14, 2009
My answer may not help. I doubt that any native English-speaker (who is not a linguist) has memorized the information that Xusha has kindly provided. To ordinary English speakers, the word usage either sounds right or doesn't sound right. I expect that your best approach is listening and practice until the word usage sounds right or wrong to you. I'd like to ask professional language teachers their opinion: Is listening and practice enough, or is memorization necessary?
November 13, 2009
Some verbs can be followed by an infinitive, a gerund or both. If both are possible, then there is usually a difference in meaning. Here is a list of some of these verbs: some rules:
November 13, 2009
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