INFINITIVE, GERUND, AND PARTICIPLE
Both the gerund and the infinitive can function as nouns standing alone,
or they can function as verbs in non-finite noun clauses.
1. The gerund and the infinitive can function as nouns, the gerund being
more easily identifiable with a noun.
a) The gerund may stand alone as the subject of a verb:
Reading is his
The infinitive is not often used in this way.
b) Both the gerund and the infinitive may stand alone as the object of a
I have finished working.
I want to leave.
c) Both may function as the complement of to be:
My worst vice is peeping through the keyhole.
Her first thought was to kill him.
d) Only the gerund can be used as the object of a preposition:
He insisted on coming.
Only the gerund may be qualified by adjectives:
This horse saddle makes easy riding.
Only the gerund can be used with an article and can have a plural form:
All the newspapers have now published the findings of the police.
I am not accustomed to his comings and goings.
2. The gerund and the infinitive can operate as verbs in non-finite noun
a) They may be followed by a direct or indirect object:
Closing the factory means laying
off more people than expected. (Direct object)
He hates speaking to his former friends. (Indirect object)
b) They may be qualified by adverbs:
A teacher of English should avoid speaking too quickly.
He wants to leave immediately.
c) They have perfect and passive forms:
q Perfect: The clerk was accused of having
cooked the books.
He pretended to have misunderstood
q Passive: No one likes being thought a
She doesn’t want to
be told about the accident
He resented having been told to drop dead.
passive: He claimed to have been stolen at the
3. In some of the above examples a that-clause
could be used after the main verb in place of the gerund or the infinitive:
a. Closing the factory means -
laying off people.
- that people will lose their jobs.
b. He pretended - to have misunderstood the request.
- that he had misunderstood the request.
One of the main problems is that of learning which form, -ing form, infinitive or that-clause, should be used after
another verb. One can learn to associate a verb with its particular pattern
only through practice. Verbs that are similar in meaning do not necessarily
follow the same pattern:
I advised him to start in the morning.
I suggested that he (should) start in the morning.
Forms of the infinitive:
(past) progressive infinitive
The short infinitive
1. The short infinitive is mainly used after modal verbs (except ought), including need and dare when they
I can/could/must […] study harder.
2. Let + infinitive. We use
the imperative form Let’s as an
auxiliary verb followed by a short infinitive when making suggestions for
actions that include the speaker. Let’s
is often associated with shall we?
Let’s have a drink, shall we?
The negative of Let’s in
Let’s not/Don’t let’s walk home.
Informally, Let’s can relate
to I in offers and requests:
Let’s see what you’ve got here. Let’s have a look. (‘Can
Let as an auxiliary can be followed by other pronouns or even nouns:
Let the children/them play in the garden.
3. Make (‘compel’) + short
infinitive. Make + noun/pronoun
object can be followed by a short infinitive meaning ‘cause to’:
He made his students learn
harder through new methods of teaching.
The cut of your suit makes you
In the passive make in this
sense is followed by to:
They were made to tell the truth.
Make with the meaning of ‘compel’ can never be followed by a passive
infinitive. Otherwise it can:
Rules were made (created) to
be broken by the most powerful.
4. The short infinitive occurs in a number of fixed verbal phrases with let and make: let fall, let go, let
me see, let slip, live and let live, make believe, make do.
5. We use the short infinitive after expressions in which ‘d can be replaced by would or had:
a. ‘d = would: ‘d rather, ‘d sooner;
I’d rather stay at
home than go out.
b. ‘d = had; ‘d better, ‘d best (less common):
We’d better/best be going.
Informally better or subject +
better often occur without had:
You better stop arguing and get down to work.
The infinitive with or without to
1. Help + short
infinitive. We may use both infinitives after a few verbs like help and know. The use of a to-infinitive
is more formal:
He helped me (to) repair my car.
We do not usually omit to
How can a teacher help student not to fail the exams?
In the passive to is
obligatory after help:
She was helped to solve the problem in half the time. Help + passive infinitive is
possible, though rare:
The chemist was sure that drug will
help him to be cured.
2. Know + infinitive normally
requires a noun or pronoun object. The omission of to is only possible with the perfect form of know:
I’ve never known her not (to) be frightened of something. In the passive to
She was known to have published two collections of poems.
Infinitives can be joined by and,
but, except, or and than. To is usually dropped before the second infinitive:
I’d like to go and see the new
The short infinitive and –ing forms after verbs of perception
1. Verbs like hear, smell and watch without a noun or pronoun object followed by an –ing form show that the action is
perceived in a general way, the -ing form
functioning as the object of the verb:
We could hear screaming in the haunted house.
2. Some verbs like feel, hear, listen to, look at, notice, observe, perceive, see, smell,
watch, can be followed by a noun or
pronoun object + short infinitive or –ing
forms. The infinitive generally shows a complete action, while the –ing form refers to the action in
I saw him cross the street (from one
side to the other).
I saw him crossing the street (he
was doing that when I looked, but I do not know if he got to the other side).
Both verbal forms can describe a short action:
I heard him knock/knocking on the door.
We do not usually use –ing
forms for very short actions:
I heard him sneeze.
The passive –ing form, but not
the passive infinitive can follow a verb of perception:
I saw him being taken away by the flood.
3. The verbs hear, observe, perceive and see are
often used in the passive followed by –ing
forms or by a to-infinitive:
They were seen waiting in the queue
(action in progress).
They were seen to climb through the window.
Have + short infinitive or –ing form
1. Have + personal object +
short infinitive shows that one person is causing another to do something:
Have the next client come in, please!
He wanted a job to do, so I had him chop the wood.
2. Have + object + -ing form is used to refer to the results
we are aiming at:
have you winning the
We can also refer to consequences, which may not be intended:
Don’t scream or you’ll have the neighbours complaining.
When we use this construction with won’t
or can’t we refer to circumstances we
are not willing to approve of:
I won’t/can’t have you speaking like that about my fiancée.
Sometimes this construction refers to happenings which the speaker
We have strong winds and
heavy rain devastating the
region once in fifteen years.
1. To/in order to/so as to
She went to Harrods to buy a new dress.
Not to can be used to refer to alternatives:
She went to Harrods not to buy a dress but to meet Tom. We express negative purpose with so as not to/in order not to:
I shut the window so as not to
hear the noise from the street.
When there is a change of subject we may use for… + infinitive:
He bought another car (in order)
for his son to learn to drive.
Other verbs such as bring, buy, need,
take, use, want often introduce
an object + to-infinitive, which
tells us about the purpose of the object, usually an indefinite pronoun:
I’d like something to cheer me up.
Other verbs, such as apply, arrange, ask, call, plan, plead, phone, pray, ring, send, vote, wait, wish, can be
followed by for + object + to-infinitive. For marks the subject of the infinitive:
How long have you been waiting for Tom to confess his guilt?
2. Sometimes the to-infinitive
in the second part of a sentence is used for the later event in a sequence. The
to-infinitive, sometimes replaced by and + verb, describes an event which is
unexpected, or unwelcome – especially when only
is used in front of to:
We came home after our holiday (only)
to find our house broken into and all the jewels stolen.
A similar construction occurs with never:
She left home never to return/never to be seen again.
3. The to-infinitive is used
to refer to the future or to an imaginary past with verbs like: hope, intend, mean, (would) like to. A perfect infinitive is
often used after a past verb, but it is not always necessary:
I would like to see that play (now, or
in the future).
I would like to have seen it (in the
I would have liked to see it (but I didn’t have a chance).
I would have liked to have seen it.
We form the negative of a to-infinitive
by putting not before to (in AmE it is placed after to):
He soon learnt not to speak rudely to anybody.
With many verbs such as, advise,
ask, instruct, remind, tell, warn, the placing of the negative influences
Don’t ask Tom to telephone, I’ll ring him myself.
Ask Tom not to telephone, I don’t want to be disturbed. The placing of the negative has a similar effect on
meaning with adjectives and nouns + infinitive:
I wasn’t sorry to go (‘ I went’).
I was sorry not to go (‘I didn’t go’).
It wasn’t a surprise to hear from Susan (‘I heard from her’).
It was a surprise not to hear from Susan (I didn’t hear from her).
Negatives are sometimes possible in both parts of the sentence:
I can’t promise not to be
late, but this would be expressed
I can’t promise to be on
The split infinitive
To split an infinitive means to place an adverb or please between to and the
verb. This is not a usual procedure in written English but it is met in spoken
language, depending on the place of the emphasis.
He wanted me to clearly
understand the rules of the game.
Adverbs like completely, fully, really, truly are often
used in this way and sometimes there is no other suitable place for them:
The church wants its believers to truly confess their sins.
Verbs followed by infinitive
Some verbs followed by to-infinitive
are aim, apply, decline, fail, hasten,
hesitate, hurry, long, manage, offer, prepare, refuse, seek, shudder, strive,
struggle, can’t afford.
Some verbs can be used with or without a noun or pronoun before a to-infinitive: ask, beg, choose, expect, hate, help, intend, like, love, need, prefer,
prepare, promise, want, wish:
I want to read the letter
I want you to read the letter.
Some verbs are normally followed by a pronoun or noun when used with a to-infinitive: advise, allow, assist, bribe, cause, caution, challenge, charge,
command, compel, condemn, dare (meaning ‘challenge’), defy, direct, drive (meaning ‘compel’), enable, encourage, entitle, forbid, force, impel, implore, incite,
induce, instruct, invite, oblige, order, permit, persuade, press (meaning
‘urge’), recommend, remind, request,
teach, tell, tempt, urge, warn.
The judge ordered him to bring in the prisoner.
Some verbs can be followed by an object + to be and by a few state verbs like: acknowledge, assume, believe, calculate, consider, declare, discover,
estimate, fancy, feel, find, guess, judge, know, maintain, proclaim, prove,
reckon, see, show, suppose, take, (meaning ‘presume’), think, understand.
The authorities declared him (to be)‘persona non grata’.
Agatha is thought to have spread the rumour in town.
Tom is believed to be
going to Australia
for the Olympic Games this year.
These verbs are very frequently used in the passive and can be followed
by passive infinitive:
The goods are thought to have been delivered on time.
A few verbs like believe, expect, intend, like, love, mean, prefer, understand, want, wish, can be
followed by there to be:
The Prime Minister expects there
to be street riots after the tax raise.
Many verbs can be followed directly by a to-infinitive or a that-clause:
agree, arrange, beg, (not) care, choose,
claim, contrive, decide, demand, determine, expect, hope, intend, learn, plan,
prefer, pretend, promise, resolve, swear, threaten, wish.
I chose to go there in
my own car/that I would go in my own car.
Most of these verbs imply future time so that they are not usually
followed by the perfect infinitive. Nevertheless, verbs that refer to
intentions or hopes can be followed by a perfect infinitive together with the
He hoped to have finished by Christmas.
Patterns with adjectives followed by infinitive
1. She was kind to let us know
the good news.
This pattern is used when we are praising or criticising people. The
subject of the main verb and of the infinitive is the same and sometimes an
adverb expresses the same idea:
She very kindly told us what
we were expected to do.
Some adjectives used in this way are: brave, careless (not
careful), clever, foolish, generous, good, (un)kind, polite, right, wrong, rude, (un)selfish, silly, wicked.
2. He is eager to please.
The subject of the main verb, be,
feel, look and the subject of the infinitive are the same. The use of
this pattern implies the speaker’s concern for the people’s feeling about an
action or situation, I/we fitting naturally. There is no
alternative structure with It. Some
adjectives used in this pattern are: afraid,
anxious, ashamed, careful (not
careless), curious, determined, due, eager, fit, free,
frightened, glad, keen, prepared, quick, ready, reluctant, slow, sorry, willing.
My friend is always prepared to
take the bull by the horns.
For + noun/pronoun can be used after a very limited number of adjectives,
such as anxious, determined, eager and keen, referring to situations that have
not yet occurred:
He’s anxious for his
son to pass the entrance exam.
A few adjectives referring to possibility or probability can be included
here: bound/certain to, (un)likely to,
He is bound, certain/likely/sure
to win the first prize.
It can be used as a preparatory or empty subject:
It’s bound/sure to rain on our trip to the mountains.
3. He is easy to please.
The infinitive in this pattern usually refers to things done to someone
or something. The subject of this pattern is also the subject of the
infinitive. The It structure is often
It is easy to please him.
Some adjectives used in this pattern are agreeable, amusing, boring, difficult, easy, hard, impossible, nice and others.
4. It is good to be here
We can find many adjectives that fit in this pattern. The infinitive
subject is usually replaced by It.
To accept their job is out of the question.
It is out of the question to accept their job.
For + noun/pronoun can occur after many of these adjectives:
It won’t be easy for him to find the perfect wife.
Some of the adjectives ask for an –ing
form after them:
It is hard lecturing in front of so many students.
A number of adjectives used in this way (e. g. advisable, important, necessary, vital) refer to advice, necessity, duty and can be followed by that …should:
It is important to find
the solution to this problem/that we should find…
5. He is the first to arrive.
We can use the first, the second,
etc, the next, the last, and
superlative like the best, the most
suitable in this pattern.
Adjectives patterns with ‘too’ and ‘enough’
Too comes before the adjective
and has the meaning of ‘excessive’ or of restriction:
He isn’t clever; he believes
everything he’s told.
He is too stupid to think by himself.
Here the subject of the main verb is also the subject of the infinitive.
In other circumstances the subject of the main verb is the object of the infinitive:
The problem is too difficult. I can’t
The problem is too difficult (for me) to solve.
Generally –ed adjectives have
a personal subject + too and –ing adjectives have an impersonal
subject + too:
I’m too bored to listen to
your silly jokes.
The race was too exciting to watch.
Enough comes after the adjective and means ‘to the necessary degree’. In
patterns with to-infinitive it
expresses two ideas:
He is clever. He can solve the problem. He is clever enough to solve the problem.
He is stupid. He can’t solve the problem. He isn’t clever enough to solve it.
We have the situation when the subject of the main verb is the object of
the infinitive, too:
The exercise is easy. I can do it. It is easy enough (for me) to do.
For + noun/pronoun can combine with too
much/little, not enough:
There is too little work/not enough work for me to do.
Nouns followed by to-infinitive
1. In this case the infinitive is related to verbs.
a) Some nouns are usually
associated with the infinitive:
Their decision to go
to the capital frightened the President.
They decided to go to the
capital and this frightened the President.
A noun may have the same form as a verb or a different form:
They wish to buy a new house.
It’s their wish to buy
a new one.
Her bank manager refused to give her a loan.
His refusal to give her a loan took her by
b) Some nouns are followed by a
preposition + -ing form.
can’t hope to make friends with her.
no hope of making
friends with her.
Some nouns can be followed by an infinitive or by a preposition:
a pleasure to study English.
There is nothing better than the
pleasure of studying English.
c) Some nouns combine with other
infinitive forms: a surprise to be/to
have been; a change to be sitting/lying
on the beach, etc.
2. There are instances where the to-infinitive
is related to the nouns it follows. Many of these adjectives have equivalent
nouns (usually having different forms). But not all these nouns can be followed
to accept the offer.
Due to her determination/eagerness/willingness to accept the offer we can finish the
But we have noun + preposition + -ing
It was generous/kind (of you) to
lend us the money we need.
Thank you for your generosity/kindness in lending us the money.
3. The to-infinitive is often
used after a noun to convey advice, purpose etc. This construction has the role
of a relative clause:
The best person to help
you is your father (that can help you).
Sometimes active and passive infinitives are interchangeable:
There is something to do/to be done about that matter. When the subject is the same for the sentence and the infinitive we do not normally use the passive:
He has homework to do.
4. The to-infinitive can be
used after words used in place of nouns, such as something, someone, a lot:
There was a lot to read/to be read for the exam,
or they can have different meanings:
There was nothing to do in
the evenings so we watched TV (we
He’s already in prison. There is nothing to be done about his bail (we can’t change it).
5. We also have the constructions so…as
to and such a/an…as to:
I’m not so stupid as to tell you where the money is.
I’m not such a fool as to tell you where the money is.
We use the to-infinitive after
a noun preceded by an adjective in exclamations, sometimes the adjective being
omitted when criticising:
What a rude thing to say.
1. After verbs. Verbs like enjoy,
deny can be followed directly by the
He denies coming here in his own car.
They resented being accused.
He denied having come here in his own car.
They resented having been accused.
When we want to use another verb immediately after the verbs in the
following list, it can only be in an –ing
form, never a to-infinitive: admit, appreciate, avoid, celebrate,
consider, contemplate, defer, delay, deny, detest, discontinue, dislike,
dispute, endure, enjoy, it entails, escape, excuse, explain, fancy, feel, like,
finish, forgive, can’t help, hinder, imagine, it involves, keep, loathe, it
means, mention, mind (‘object to’), miss, it necessitates, pardon, postpone,
practice, prevent, recall, report, resent, resist, risk, suggest, understand:
The convicts escaped being
Deny and regret are often followed
by perfect participle:
Children usually deny having done anything wrong.
The –ing form relating to
outdoor activities, such as climbing,
driving, fishing, riding, sailing, shopping, skiing, walking, water-skiing, wind-surfing,
is often used after go and come when we are
a) making suggestions:
Why don’t we go fishing on such a lovely day?
Come shopping this afternoon if you feel like.
Last week we went sightseeing in Edinburgh.
The –ing form can follow need, want and seldom require
having a passive meaning:
She needs cheering up (to be cheered
With some of the verbs which can be followed by an –ing form, we can put another word between the verb and the –ing form. Sometimes this word must be an
accusative, sometimes a possessive or either. After the following verbs the –ing form functions as a participle and
we can include an accusative: hear, keep, smell, start, stop, watch.
When are you going to start working?
When are you going to start him
The following verbs must always have an accusative: catch, find, leave, notice, observe, perceive, see.
I saw him pickpocketting in the station.
Verbs of perception (hear, see) can also be followed by an object +
He saw his wife get on the train with another man.
The following verbs can be followed by the –ing form alone or by a possessive. Here the –ing form functions as a gerund, so we can use a possessive form,
referring to people and to things, in front of: appreciate, avoid, consider, defer, delay, deny, enjoy, postpone, risk,
I don’t enjoy their coming late to the office.
Some verbs can be followed by –ing
alone or by an accusative or a possessive before –ing: anticipate, contemplate,
detest, dislike, dispute, endure, escape, excuse, (can’t) face, fancy, forgive,
hate, hinder, imagine, it involves, like, love, mention, mind (‘object to’),
miss, it necessitates, pardon, prevent, resent, resist, understand, can’t bear,
can’t help, can’t stand. In speech the accusative is generally preferred:
I can’t imagine him/his climbing the Everest.
2. After adjectives and nouns. Like the to-infinitive, the –ing
form can be used as the subject of a sentence and can be replaced by a
construction with ‘preparatory’ it. There is not much difference in meaning
between –ing and the to-infinitive. The –ing form may refer to an action in progress, while the to-infinitive may refer to general:
It’s difficult thinking in a foreign language.
It’s difficult to think in a foreign language.
We rarely begin statements with to-infinitive
but often begin with –ing forms,
especially when we make general statements:
Travelling around the world is interesting.
Adjectives can be followed by the accusative or the possessive:
It’s strange him/his talking so loudly.
When the –ing form begins a
sentence it is normally preceded only by a possessive:
His working on
the computer all day long gets on his family’s nerves.
Many nouns, both countable and uncountable, can be followed by the –ing form after ‘preparatory’ it, e.g.: a catastrophe, a disaster, fun, hell, luck,
a mistake, a pain, a pleasure, a relief, a tragedy.
It’s a nightmare going in his old car.
Typical expression that can be followed by the –ing form are: it’s no good,
it’s no use, it’s little use, it’s hardly any use, it’s not worth, it’s
scarcely/hardly worth, it’s worthwhile, spend money/time, there’s no, there’s
no point in, there’s nothing worse than, what’s the use/point.
3. After prepositions. Prepositions can be followed by all –ing forms, active and passive, e. g.: without signing
your real name; without being called;
without having been warned. We
may use the –ing form after
prepositions such as: about, after, by,
for, instead of, to, without:
Why shouldn’t we try to leave the restaurant without paying?
Prepositions can also be followed by an accusative pronoun, noun, or
He would come without our inviting him.
There is/There will be and it is/it
will be can be replaced by there
being and it being after
prepositions. There being can often
Is there any chance of (there being) an increase in salary this
Many adjectives can be followed by prepositions like afraid of, bored with, fond of, good at,
happy about, interested in, keen on,
sorry for, used to. The –ing form
(not a to-infinitive) may be used
He was surprised at their not calling at all.
The –ing form may be used
after noun + preposition such as concern
about, fear of, interest in:
Sue could never overcome her fear of
being robbed. Accusative and possessive forms can also be used.
Your main concern must be about his
passing his exams. Many verbs are followed by prepositions: apologise for, approve of, insist on, prevent somebody/something from, thank
somebody for. The –ing form may
be used after a verb + preposition and may be preceded by an object or a
I must insist on you/your coming on time.
To is either a preposition or a part of the infinitive. It is part of the
He wants to become a doctor,
but a preposition governing a noun/gerund in,
I object to intruders.
I object to smoking indoors.
In the following expressions to
is a preposition, so we may use the –ing
form after it: accustom (oneself) to, be
accustomed to, face up to, in addition to, look forward to, object to, reduced
to, resign oneself to, be resigned to, resort to, sink to, be used to.
Accusative and possessive forms are possible, too:
I am used to people/him/her throwing
trash all over the place.
Some nouns and adjectives can also be followed by to + -ing: alternative to, close/closeness to,
dedication/dedicated to, opposition/opposed to, similarity/similar to.
Some verbs can be followed by a to-infinitive
or by –ing forms. These verbs can be
followed by both without any change in meaning: attempt, begin, can’t bear, cease, commence, continue, intend, omit,
I began reading/to read the book after the newsreel.
We do not normally use –ing
after the progressive forms of begin,
cease, continue, start. But we
can use –ing after the progressive
form of the verbs which cannot be followed by a to-infinitive:
We were considering moving to another town.
State verbs like know and understand cannot normally be used with
an –ing form after begin, cease, continue:
He began to understand what was going on.
We often use a to-infinitive
after dread, hate, like, love, prefer to refer to a specified future event and –ing to refer to an activity currently in
progress or existing in general:
I dread to think of what has happened ('I dare not try to').
I dread going to the dentist
('whenever I go I’m terrified').
The to-infinitive and –ing forms never mean the same when used
after remember, forget, regret, try,
stop, go on. Remember, forget, regret
+ to-infinitive refers to a present
or future action:
I never forget to post the letters.
The same verbs + -ing forms
refer to the past:
I remember telling him the news last night.
Try + to-infinitive means ‘make
an effort’. Try + -ing means experiment.
Try to behave yourself.
Try talking to her in person.
Stop + to-infinitive refers to
The –ing form that follows stop is the object of the verb and means
that the action is not performed anymore.
He stopped in the middle of the road to light his cigarette.
He stopped reading when she came in.
Go on + to-infinitive refers to
doing something different. Go on + -ing means ‘continue without
He went on to talk about the next issue.
He went on talking about his
love affairs until everybody was bored to death.
29. Complete the following sentences with the gerund
or the infinitive of the verbs in brackets.
1. The chairperson suggested to the
committee that all the money should be devoted to ..supporting.. (support) shelters for old people.
2. Expensive presents are the key to
(open) her heart.
3. The president felt committed to (try)
to (put) his promises into practice.
4. His becoming a specialist in dermal
diseases is nearer to (become) a reality after the course he has attended.
5. Although she is confident on her
opinion, she can't swear to (have) seen the whole scene.
6. He got used to (be) thoroughly
searched at the Customs due to his Creole complexion.
7. Jane came very close to (win) the
first prize in the chess competition.
8. It might be better to (try) to (talk)
to your son as man to man.
9. They used to (hate) their noisy
neighbours but now they resigned to (put) up with them.
10. Breaking one's word is the most
important obstacle to (make) a true friend.
30. Put the verbs in brackets into their correct form.
1. He had to ask the children to stop..(stop) (make) so much noise.
2. They can't consider (emigrate) before
(pay) back all their debts.
3. If you can't (recover) with chemical
drugs, try (use) homeopathic remedies.
4. I don't want (you, tell) him about
(I, arrive) late last night.
5. I can't understand (Jane, crave) for
sweets, as she has tried (lose) weight so many times.
6. He's always loved (skate). I'd like
(see) (he, compete) in the World
7. The headmaster let the teachers (go)
on a trip with their students.
8. After (get) (like) classical music
through (hear) it on CDs, he finished by (collect) old records.
9. Can you manage (finish) (dig) the
garden without any help?
10. I saw her (write) a letter to her
boyfriend and then heard her (read) it aloud.
31. Complete the following sentences with the verbs
from the list in their correct form.
buy, say, fly, become, drink, be eaten, study, confess, know, take.
1. She is afraid of ..flying…so she went there by boat.
2. She walked out of the room without
3. My new neighbour spends all the
afternoons …the piano.
4. I went to the bookshop …the new novel
written by John Fowles.
5. She didn't mind …him a lift to the
6. He stopped …as he didn't want …
7. They made him …everything about the
8. You had better …hard if you want …all
your exams in the winter session.
9. The steak is not done yet …
10. I think …a foreign language makes you
32. Finish the following sentences without changing
the meaning of the sentences printed before them.
1. He is too absent-minded to hear what
He isn't attentive enough to hear what you're saying.
2. He can't remember switching off the
light before leaving.
He has ……………………………………………………
3. It took him five hours to get to that
He spent …………………………………………………
4. Do you intend to go in for the
5. I'm not in the habit of gossiping, so
please spare me with all this rumour.
I'm not used…………………………………………………
6. He was able to solve that difficult
He was ……………………………………………………..
7. It was difficult for them to talk
with natives, as they didn't know the language too well.
They had ……………………………………………………
8. Could you buy me a loaf if you go
Would you ………………………………………………….
9. It isn't worth going there after so
It's a …………………………………………………………
10. I don't intend to go there without
being told why.