Getting verb patterns right can sometimes be tricky. A verb followed by another verb is a very common feature of English. These combinations of verbs can sometimes cause problems because the form the second verb takes can vary. So, for example, compare these two simple sentences:
- I like getting to work early.
- I want to complete my MBA this month.
The form of the second verb is different in each sentence. In the first, ‘like’ is followed by -ing (getting) and in the second, ‘want’ is followed by the full infinitive (to compete).
In the quick quiz below, you can practise some of these verb patterns, and in the explanations that follow, you can see some of the reasons behind the different form the second verb takes. Lastly, there are some tips for learning more about this important area of English grammar.
Use the quiz to learn both some useful language for talking about jobs and practise making correct verb patterns.
- Complete the descriptions of jobs with the correct infinitive (e.g. ‘do’ or ‘to do’) or gerund (e.g. ‘doing’) forms of the verbs in brackets.
- Make a note of any problem areas you may have so that you can use the information in the explanations to work on them.
Click on ‘Explanations’ and make a note of the collocations (verb + noun combinations) and the verb patterns.
Use these links to learn more about this important area of English grammar.
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