What are verb patterns?
Have you ever heard of them?
I guarantee you use them.
In English, it is important to know what verb patterns are in order to speak correctly.
Today we are going to take a look at them.
What are verb patterns?
When we use a verb in English with another verb, we call this a verb pattern.
verb + verb
Before we go into detail about this, we need to understand some basic grammar terms.
Gerund – a gerund is a noun we make by adding -ing on the end of the verb e.g Praying
Infinitive – the infinitive is the base form of a verb e.g to be, to go , to eat etc.
Sometimes we use the infinitive with to, other times we use it without to.
When we have a verb followed by another verb in a sentence, the second verb must be one of the following:
Gerund: I recollect meeting them.
Infinitive with to: Sarah hopes to move to Dublin
Infinitive without to: Matt will arrive tomorrow
Infinitive/Gerund: I love dancing
I love to dance
There is no rule to tell us which verbs take which pattern so you must learn which verbs are followed by a gerund and which are followed by infinitive as you go. Practice makes perfect!
When we use: verb + verb in English, the second verb must be either
infinitive + to
infinitive without to
When do we use the structure 'to be going to + infinitive?'
Some verbs that follow each pattern are below. Bear in mind that there are many many more verbs for each category but they must be learned one by one.
Consider Admit Deny Miss
Infinitive + to
Promise Ask Help Decide
Infinitive without to
Could Should Will Let
Love Like Start Stop
While we don’t have rules for which verbs take which form, we do have some exceptions.
We know that all modal verbs(except ought) are followed by the infinitive without to.
Complete the sentences by choosing a verb and putting it in the correct form. Then check your answers to see if you were correct.
Example: I love…
Answer: I love going to the cinema. I love to go to the cinema.
- I am considering…
- I asked…
- Teachers should…
- I started…
Choose the correct verb pattern
Guarantee: to promise with certainty
Practice makes perfect: this means the more we practice, the closer to perfect we will get.
Example: You should try speaking as much in English as possible. Practice makes perfect!
Bear in mind: think about or consider.
Example: When you are planning to go on holiday to a hot country, bear in mind that you will need light clothes.