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Unit 54. Verb + to ... (decide to ... / forget to ... etc.)

Unit 54; Part A

After these verbs you can use to ... (infinitive):

•    It was late, so we decided to take a taxi home.
    Simon was in a difficult situation, so I agreed to help him.
    How old were you when you learnt to drive
(or learnt how to drive)
    I waved to Karen, but failed to attract her attention.

The negative is not to ...:

•    We decided not to go out because of the weather.
•    I promised not to be late.

After some verbs to ... is not possible. For example,
    I enjoy reading (not enjoy to read)
    Tom suggested going to the cinema.
  (not suggested to go)
    Are you thinking of buying a car?
  (not thinking to buy)

For verb + -ing, see Unit 53. For verb + preposition + -ing, see Unit 62.

Unit 54; Part B

galka.jpgWe also use to ... after:
seem        appear       tend        pretend        claim
For example:
    They seem to have plenty of money.
    I like Dan, but I think he tends to talk too much.
    Ann pretended not to see me when she passed me in the street.

There is also a continuous infinitive (
to be doing) and a perfect infinitive (to have done):
    I pretended to be reading the newspaper.  (= I pretended that I was reading)
    You seem to have lost weight. 
(= it seems that you have lost weight)
    Martin seems to be enjoying his new job. 
(= it seems that he is enjoying it)

Unit 54; Part C

galka.jpgAfter dare you can use the infinitive with or without to:

    I wouldn't dare to tell him.  
or   I wouldn't dare tell him.

But after
dare not (or daren't), you must use the infinitive without to:
    I daren't tell him what happened.  (not I daren't to tell him)

Unit 54; Part D

galka.jpgAfter some verbs you can use a question word (what/whether/how etc.) + to ... .
We use this structure especially after:

ask      decide      know      remember      forget     explain      learn      understand      wonder

We asked
Have vou decided
I don't know
Do you understand


to get
to go
to apply
to do?

to the station.
for your holidays?
for the job or not.

Also  show/tell/ask/advise/teach somebody what/how/where to do something:

       Can somebody show me how to change the film in this camera?
       Ask Jack. He'll tell you what to do.


flag.jpgComplete each sentence with a suitable verb.
Key.2    to get
3    to buy / to have / to rent / to hire
4    (how) to use / (how) to operate
5    to make
6    say   or   to say

1    Don't forget  to post  the letter I gave you.
2    There was a lot of traffic, but we managed _____________ to the airport in time.
3    Jill has decided not _____________ a car.
4    We've got a new computer in our office. I haven't learnt _____________ it yet.
5    Karen failed _____________ a good impression at the job interview.
6    We were all afraid to speak. Nobody dared _____________ anything.
flag.jpgPut the verb into the correct form, to ... or -ing. (See Unit 53 for verbs + -ing.)
Key.2    to go
3    going
4    waiting
5    to go
6    barking
7    to call
8    having
9    missing
10   to find

1    When I'm tired. I enjoy  watching  television. It's relaxing.  (watch)
2    It was a nice day. so we decided ____________ for a walk.   (go)
3    It's a nice day. Does anyone fancy ____________ for a walk?  (go)
4    I'm not in a hurry. I don't mind ____________.  (wait)
5    They don't have much money. They can't afford ____________ out very often.  (go)
6    I wish that dog would stop ____________. It's driving me mad.  (bark)
7    Our neighbour threatened ____________ the police if we didn't stop the noise.  (call)
8    We were hungry, so I suggested ____________ dinner early.  (have)
9    Hurry up! I don't want to risk ____________ the train.   (miss)
10  I'm still looking for a job. but I hope ____________ something soon.  (find)
flag.jpgMake a new sentence using the verb in brackets.
Key.2    Tom appears to be worried about something.
3    You seem to know a lot of people.
4    My English seems to be getting better.
5    That car appears to have broken down.
6    David tends to forget things.
7    They claim to have solved the problem.
1    You've lost weight.
2    Tom is worried about something.   
3    You know a lot of people.
4    My English is getting better.
5    That car has broken down.
6    David forgets things.
7    They have solved the problem.
You seem to have lost weight.    
Tom appears __________________
You _________________________

flag.jpgComplete each sentence using what/how/whether + the following verbs:
Key.2    how to use
3    what to do
4    how to ride
5    what to say / what to do
6    whether to go
do       get       go        ride       say        use
1    Do you know  how to get  to John's house?
2    Can you show me ___________ this washing machine?
3    Would you know ___________ if there was a fire in the building?
4    You'll never forget ___________ a bicycle once you've learnt.
5    I was really astonished. I didn't know ___________.
6    I've been invited to the party, but I haven't decided ___________ or not.

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