Verbs are followed -ing OR to

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  1. advise
    • I wouldn't advise/recommend staying in that hotel.
    • I wouldn't advise/recommend anybody to stay in that hotel.
  2. allow
    • They don't allow parking in front of the building.
    • They don't allow people to park in front of the building.
    • Passive:
    • Parking isn't allowed in front of the building.
    • You aren't allowed to park in front of the building.
  3. start
    • It has started raining.
    • It has started to rain.
  4. intend
    • John intends buying a house.
    • John intends to buy a house.
  5. bother
    • Don't bother locking the door.
    • Don't bother to lock the door.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. try +ing
    • A: The photocopier doesn't seem to be woring.
    • B: Try pressing the green button.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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Verbs are followed -ing OR to
2013-05-24 14:32:44
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