Verbs are followed -ing OR to
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- I wouldn't advise/recommend staying in that hotel.
- I wouldn't advise/recommend anybody to stay in that hotel.
- They don't allow parking in front of the building.
- They don't allow people to park in front of the building.
- Parking isn't allowed in front of the building.
- You aren't allowed to park in front of the building.
- It has started raining.
- It has started to rain.
- John intends buying a house.
- John intends to buy a house.
- Don't bother locking the door.
- Don't bother to lock the door.
Go on doing = continue with the same thing
Go on to do = do or say sg. new
- The president paused for a moment and then went on talking.
- After discussing the economy, the president went on to talk about foreign policy.
regret doing = I did it and now I'm sorry about it
regret to say/to tell you/to inform you = I'm sorry that I have to say
- I now regret saying what I said. Im shouldn't have said it.
- It began to get cold and he regretted not wearing his coat.
We regret to inform you that we cannot offer you the job.
remember doing = I did it and now I remember this
remember to do = I remembered that I had to do it, so I did it. before
- I remember to lock the door, but I forgot to shut the windows. (= I remembered that I had to lock it, and so I locked it.)
- Please remember to post the letter. (= Don't forget to post it.
try to do = attempt to do, make an effort to do.
- I was very tired. I tired to keep my eyes open, but I couldn't.
- Please try to be quiet when you come home. Everyone will be asleep.
- A: The photocopier doesn't seem to be woring.
- B: Try pressing the green button.
Try also means 'do sg as an experiment or test.
- These cakes are delicious. You should try one.
- We couldn't find anywhere to stay. We tried every hotel in the town, but they were allfull.
need to do = it is necessary for me to do it
need doing = it needs to be done
- I need to take more exercise.
- He needs to work harder if he wants to make progress.
- I don't need to come to the meeting, do I?
- The batteries in the radio need changing.
- Do you thing my jacket needs cleaning?
- It's a difficult problem. It needs thinking about very carefully.
help to do, or help do
can't help doing = I can't stop myself doing it
- Everybody helped to clean up after the party.
- Everybody helped clean up after the party.
- Can you help me to move this table?
- Can you help me move this table?
- I don't like him, but he has a lot of problems. I can't help feeling sorry for him.
- She trid to be serious, but she couldn't help laughing. (she couldn't stop herself laughing)
- I'm sorry I'm so nervous. I can't help it.
- (I can't help being nervous.)
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