Infinitive vs Gerund.

Ex. 1. Match the halves to complete the sentences (1-a, 2-b).

  1. She is interested                           a) drinking alcohol.
  2. I would like                                    b) to seeing my daughter.
  3. You should give up                       c) being ill.
  4. We really enjoy                             d) laughing at her.
  5. I’m looking forward                     e) to living in a dirty house.
  6. He is used                                       f) talking to drunk people.
  7. She pretended                               g) swimming in the sea.
  8. Pamela is good                              h) to have a cup of coffee.
  9. I couldn’t help                               i) in surfing the Internet.
  10. She avoids                                      j) at riding a horse.

Ex. 2. Complete the sentences with the expression get a good job. Use the Infinitive or the -ing form of the verb get.

  1. I want _________________________.
  2. I suggest _________________________.
  3. I decided _________________________.
  4. I recommend _________________________.
  5. I hope _________________________.
  6. I feel like _________________________.
  7. I managed _________________________.
  8. I am trying _________________________.
  9. I would appreciate _________________________.
  10. I will not refuse _________________________.
  11. I agree _________________________.
  12. I have denied _________________________.

Ex. 3. Infinitive or gerund?

  1. I am planning … (to visit/visiting) my granny next week.
  2. When they finish … (to eat/eating) their lunch, they’ll go to the office.
  3. He suggested … (to buy/buying) some food.
  4. Does Sally enjoy … (to go/going) to the gym?
  5. John refused … (to answer/answering) my question.
  6. My brother intends … (to get/getting) married soon.
  7. I think she didn’t mean … (to hurt/hurting) you.
  8. Keep … (to beat/beating) the eggs. (Продолжай взбивать яйца.)
  9. Fred can’t afford … (to travel/travelling) this year.
  10. We expect … (to leave/leaving) tomorrow.
  11. Mary decided … (to fly/flying) to Venice.
  12. The sportsmen hope … (to get/getting) the best results.
  13. Are you going to give up … (to smoke/smoking)?
  14. They don’t want … (to have/having) any more children.
  15. I don’t mind … (to wash up/washing up).
  16. Girls, stop … (to giggle/giggling).
  17. Ben likes … (to play/playing) chess.
  18. Lara goes … (to dance/dancing) every weekend.
  19. Harry can’t stand … (to work/working) on Saturdays.

Ex. 4. Infinitive with or without “to”? Choose the correct option.

  1. We can … (speak/to speak) Spanish.
  2. He often makes me … (feel/to feel) guilty.
  3. You have … (be/to be) friendly and polite.
  4. She must … (stay/to stay).
  5. The lawyer will … (call/to call) you later.
  6. I’d like … (send/to send) him a present.
  7. You’d better … (move/to move) faster.
  8. Mother wants … (paint/to paint) the walls in the kitchen.
  9. We decided … (sell/to sell) the car.
  10. He always fails … (keep/to keep) his word.
  11. I am trying … (lift/to lift) this heavy stone.
  12. Let me … (give/to give) you some advice.
  13. It may … (cost/to cost) too much.

Ex.5. Put “to” before the infinitive where it is necessary.

1 . My son asked me … let him … go to the club.
2 . You must make him … practice an hour a day.
3 . She was made … repeat the song.
4 . He is not sure that it can … be done, but he is willing … try.
5 . Let me … help you with your work.
6 . She asked me … read the letter carefully and … write an answer.
7 . You ought … take care of your health.
8 . I looked for the book everywhere but could not … find it.

9. We had … put on our overcoats because it was cold.
10 . The man told me not … walk on the grass.
11 . You had better … go there at once.
12 . I would rather not … tell them about it.
13 . We will take a taxi not … miss the train.

Ex. 6. Make infinitives (add “to”) or gerunds (add “-ing”) of the verbs in brackets to make the following sentences grammatically correct.

  1. When I’m tired, I enjoy … television. It’s relaxing. (watch)
  2. It was a nice day, so we decided … for a walk. (go)
  3. I’m not in a hurry. I don’t mind … (wait)
  4. They don’t have much money. They can’t afford … out very often. (go)
  5. I wish that dog would stop … It’s driving me mad. (bark)
  6. We were hungry, so I suggested … dinner early. (have)
  7. Hurry up! I don’t want to risk … the train. (miss)
  8. I’m still looking for a job but I hope … something soon. (find)

Ex. 7. Complete the following sentences with infinitives or gerunds of the following verbs: answer, apply, listen, make, wash, work, write.

1. He tried to avoid … my question.
2. Could you please stop … so much noise?
3. I enjoy … to music.
4. I considered … for the job but in the end I decided against it.
5. Have you finished … your hair yet?

6. Jim is 65 but he isn’t going to retire yet. He wants to continue ….
7. I’ve delayed … the letter so many times. I really must do it today.

Ex. 8. Put one of the given verbs in the correct form – infinitive or gerund: to lock, to explain, to show, to play, to listen, to do, to write, to drive, to understand, to work.

  1. Don’t forget … the door.
  2. He tried … but she didn’t want …
  3. Would you mind … me how the lift works?
  4. I’m beginning … what you mean.
  5. The boys like … tennis but not … this in bad weather.
  6. Try … this correctly.
  7. He likes … in his cabinet.
  8. I prefer … my car myself.

 

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