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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #112421: Infinitive or Gerund
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    Infinitive or Gerund


    Infinitive or gerund?

     

    A) You have understood quite well that THE INFINITIVE  MUST BE USED after some verbs expressing will-power (allow, advise, ask, expect, force, order, prefer, tell, wait for, want), you think the infinitive is much more difficult to use in some other cases. 

     

    1)  The INFINITIVE may express an aim, a purpose:

     - I came back to give you my answer as soon as possible. 

     

    2)  The INFINITIVE  often follows an adjective:

    - It would be very careless to drive in this blizzard.

     

    3)  More generally speaking, the INFINITIVE is used after a great number of impersonal forms: It's difficult to do it, it's important to..., it's easy to, it's unbelievable to...

    - It's really easy to do this exercise when you have studied the lesson. 

     

                                                                                              

     

    B) On the contrary, when you want to express  an infinitive with the meaning of  "the fact of" or "the fact that", you must then use a gerund (which is used like a noun and may be replaced by a noun). It's formed with the BASE VERB + ing.

    - Driving in this weather is not safe at all... Be careful!  

    - Of course, I agree with you... going to the swimming pool very often is good for your health. 

    Reading lots of books  will help you be good at spelling.

     

     

                                                                     

                                                                                             The tooth-fairy

     

    Well! That's it! Now, you have all the necessary elements to succeed in the test... and to know why Lucy hesitates whether she wants to grow old, or not! 



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    Little Lucy would like little!


    1) a 'big girl' is no easy thing. It's important that parents are always right... Endlessly, they tell you up your room... They would like you perfect...
    2) up is boring. I hate it. Why is it necessary my toys back into their boxes when I want with them again immediately. I need the choice of the little characters I want in the different scenes I imagine. Having for the fairy in every box when I need it is no fun.
    3) Oh! Fairies! I like with model fairies... but my favourite one is the tooth-fairy. She has brought me a little reward for the first baby-tooth I lost! a tooth is a real adventure! Really, it would be stupid to lose your teeth!

     

                                                                                    

     








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