Free worksheet to practice the use of gerunds & infinitives for ESL teachers and students. (Free download available.)

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Gerund & Infinitive Questions

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What are three things your partner needed to do last week, but didn’t do?

What are three things your partner needed to do last week, and did?

What are three things your partner did when he / she was a child?

What did your partner do on his/her fist day of primary school? Does he/she remember everything? What doesn’t he/she remember?

What is one habit that he/she wants to stop?

What are two things that he/she regrets doing?

Full Sentences

  1. What did your partner forget to do last week?
  2. What did your partner remember to do last week?
  3. What does your partner remember doing as a child?
  4. What does your partner not remember doing on the first day of school?
  5. What bad habits does your partner want to stop doing?
  6. What does your partner regret doing?

What advice would you give to someone from another country who wants to visit or do business in your country? Complete the sentences.

  1. Don’t forget to….
  2. Try…
  3. You may want to try…
  4. Always remember to…
  5. You should stop…

Ask Your Partner

Do you remember doing anything that seems to have surprised or confused someone of a different nationality?

Have you stopped doing anything since you began your course that you used to do?

Have you tried practicing any new customs since you began your course?

If I were visiting your country, what should I try to do?

Do you ever stop to think about your lifestyle in your country?

Verbs Followed by Object + Infinitive   

Example: They invitedmeto goto the party. 
VerbObjectInfinitive
advise force remind 
allow hire require 
ask* invite teach 
cause need* tell 
choose* order urge 
convince pay* want* 
encourage permit warn 
expect* persuade would like* 
forbid prepare* 

*Indicates verbs that can be followed by an infinitive only (no object). 

For example: She wants me to go to the store. VERSUS She wants to go to the store. 

Verbs that are not listed in this chart are immediately followed by infinitive.

Verb + Object + Gerund

Some verbs must have an object before a gerund. Other verbs like this include catch, discover, feel, hear, leave, notice, observe, see, spot, watch, find, overhear…

Example 1

– The police found the man climbing the wall. 

– She overheard them talking about the closure of the factory.

Some verbs can have an object or no object before a gerund. Other verbs like this include detest, dislike, dread, envisage, hate, imagine, like, love, mind (in questions and negatives), miss, recall, regret, resent, risk, start, stop, stand, remember…

Example 2

– They can’t stand (him) driving his old car.

– I remember (you) buying that jumper.

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