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Verb Patterns

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When two verbs are used together in a sentence the second verb takes either the gerund or infinitive form.

In some cases the second verb can take both form BUT the meaning is different.

Use the context of the sentences below to decide whether the verb takes the infinitive or gerund form.

  • 1. He was walking along Church Street and really felt like a cigarette so he stopped (smoke) for 5 minutes.
  • 2. I bumped into an old school friend yesterday. I remembered (play) hockey with her at school, but I couldn't remember her name.
  • 3. I tried (open) the jam jar but the lid was too tight.
  • 4. I went to an excellent workshop on addictions and am proud to say that I have stopped (smoke)
  • 5. The U2 concert was amazing. I will never forget (see) the band when they first came onto stage, with their bright clothes and guitars- the feeling was indescribable.
  • 6. It was so hot inside the classroom. I didn't know what to do. I put the fan on, but that didn't help so I tried (open) the window, and that made it a little bit cooler.
  • 7. Our electricity bill has been really high lately. Please remember (switch) the lights off before you leave the house.
  • 8. I'm so sorry I didn't go to dinner with you I forgot (call) and cancel.