Exercises

Infinitive and Gerund Verbs followed by gerund nd infinitive
A: Put in the infinitive or the -ing form of the verb in brackets.
1. I was overjoyed to see (see) you at the party.
2. The nuclear station is not likely to blow up (blow up) although it may shut down.
3. Janice was sad to see (see) such poverty when she visited India.
4. It’s possible working (work) all day without being disturbed.
5. You are free leaving (leave) any time you want to.
6. You should be able to practise singing (sing) every day.
7. Scientists are hoping to disvover (discover) a new chemical element.
8. I don’t mind people asking (ask) me questions.
9. He works too slowly to be (be) any use to me.
10. He can ‘t stand to wait (wait) for other people.
11. I guess there is no point siting (sit) around here any longer.
12. The lemonade was cool enough for us to drink (drink).
13. Please stop interrupting (interrupt) me when I am trying to explain something.
14. I’ve forgotten to buy (buy) flowers for my girlfriend’s birthday.
15. I simply can’t afford to waste (waste) time trying to explain this to you.
16. The thief admitted entering (enter) the house but says he didn’t take anything.
17. I don’t really fancy spending (spend) my holidays in Spain.
18. I apologised to her but she refused to accept (accept) it.
19. He offered to help me to repair (repair) my motorcycle.
20. Why does John keep writing (write) to you?

B: Complete the report by putting the verbs in the correct form, using ing or to.
Swimmer abandons Channel swim
James Forsyth has decided (1) to adandon (abandon) his second attempt at
(2) swiming (swim) the English Channel after (3) breaking (break) his ankle in a
cycling accident. His decision (4) to postphone (postpone) this attempt came after a two
week holiday (5) mountainbiking (mountainbike) in Majorca with his wife. His first attempt was also unsuccessful and he is unlikely (6) to be (be) back training for quite a few months. He said in a recent interview that he had not yet decided whether
(7) trying (try) one more time, but denies (8) to lose (lose) total interest in
the project. ‘I aim (9) to raise (raise) money for a local charity’ he explained. He
continued by (10) saying (say) that if he could manage (11) to find (find) the
time, he would do a lot more charity work.

C: Put in the infinitive or ing form of the verbs in brackets.
1. It’s no use crying (cry) over spilt milk.
2. This examination is not worth to worry (worry) about.
3. After  registering (register) for the course, please come and see me.
4. I am pleased to announce (announce) the new President of our company.
5. I would like to remind you to bring (bring) some information about our new
product.
6. I would rather to die (die) than live in that place.
7. He didn’t set out being (be) malicious.
8. It never occurred to her to bring (bring) something with her .
9. I don’t have anything to do (do) but study for my exams.
10. As soon as he had finished changing (change) the baby’s nappy, we went to visit
my mother.

D: Complete the sentences with these verbs.
stay / talk / win / read / smoke / watch / change / lose / go / close
1. Julie suggested going to the movies but I was really tired and decided against it.
2. Would you mind to close the window, please?
3. I like Susan very much but she does tend talking an awful lot.
4. Can someone show me how to change the film in this camera?
5. You seem losing a lot of weight.
6. Everyone wanted him to win the tournament.
7. They don’t allow you to smoke in this building.
8. She wouldn’t let me to read the letter she had written to her aunt.
9. I would advise you staying the night because the roads are treacherous.
10. Child psychologists do not encourage watching TV after 9 o’clock at night.

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