Unfortunately in English there are some things that you just have to learn. Verb patterns are one of them. Some verbs are followed by the gerund (-ing form).
consider: "You should consider visiting Cape Town during the World Cup."
stop : "Stop touching it, you are making it dirty."
Some verbs are followed by the infinitive (to + verb).
appear: "It appears to have stopped raining."
want: "I have always wanted to learn English in Cape Town."
In the following sentences, do we need the gerund or the infinitive?
Today's lesson is by Caroline Devane, teacher at EC Cape Town English school