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Gerunds (- ing words) and infinitives
(to + verb) are verb forms that can be
used as nouns. They can be used as
subjects, objects, or objects of
prepositions. When used as direct
objects, you have to look at the main
verb to decide whether to gerund or
infinitive form. You can find lists of
these special verbs in most grammar
reference books.


Is the main verb one that can only be

followed by a gerund (admit, consider,
enjoy, regret, etc.)? If so, is the direct
object in the gerund (- ing) form?
INCORRECT [Charlie regrets to take
that extra piece of pie.]
CORRECT Charlie regrets taking that
extra piece of pie.

Is the main verb one that can only be
followed by an infinitive (afford, ask,
decide, expect, etc.)? If so, is the
direct object in the infinitive (to...)
INCORRECT [We expect finishing
before the deadline.]
CORRECT We expect to finish
before the deadline.

1. Although the new
accountant enjoys working
(A) here, he is considering to
transfer (B) or quitting (C)
because he dislikes the
supervisor nagging (D) him so

To transfer (sb) (from … )
(to … ) to move from one job,
school, situation, etc. to
another; to arrange for sb to
Children usually transfer to
secondary school at 11 or 12.

To quit (as sth) (informal) to
leave your job, school, etc.:

If I don’t get more money I’ll

To nag (at sb) to keep
complaining to sb about their
behaviour or keep asking
them to do sth
SYN  To pester:
Stop nagging—I’ll do it as
soon as I can.

2. Ms. Smith wanted meeting
(A) her coworkers, who
always gather to have (B)
lunch in the employee
cafeteria, but she had to
postpone (C) lunch in order to
finish typing (D) one last

To gather to come together, or
bring people together, in one
place to form a group

3. Not only did we forget to
turn off (A) the lights, but we
also failed locking (B) the
door, to check (C) that nobody
was still inside, and to turn on
(D) the alarm.

4. The file clerk says he can’t
afford to live (A) on his salary
if he wants saving (B) some
money for an emergency, so
he’s going to stop complaining
(C) and start looking (D) for
another job.

To afford [no passive] (usually
used with can, could or be
able to, especially in negative
sentences or questions) to
have enough money or time to
be able to buy or to do sth:
Can we afford a new car?

5. The advertising manager
considered leaving (A) the
firm, but he has decided
staying (B) here part time
while continuing (C) to work
(D) on the Johnson project.

6. The nutritionist told him to
avoid (A) to eat (B) lots of
carbohydrates, focus on
having (C) more protein-rich
foods and green vegetables,
and remember to drink (D) at
least eight glasses of water a

Nutritionist (n) a person who
is an expert on the
relationship between food and

Carbohydrate (n)
1. A substance such as sugar or
starch that consists of carbon,
hydrogen and oxygen.
Carbohydrates in food provide the
body with energy and heat.
2. Carbohydrates [pl.] foods such as
bread, potatoes and rice that
contain a lot of carbohydrate

7. When we were talking
about relaxing (A) after work,
Yafet said he enjoyed to listen
(B) to music, Carla said she
preferred jogging (C), and I
mentioned I was considering
taking up (D) tennis.

To take up sth to fill or use an
amount of space or time:
The table takes up too much
I won’t take up any more of
your time.

8. After Kendall admitted
taking (A) home office
equipment for his personal
use, the boss said he was
thinking of firing (B) him, but
had decided letting (C) him
stay on if he promised not to
do (D) it again.

To admit (to sth / to doing sth) | To
admit (to sb) (that … ) to agree,
often unwillingly, that sth is true
SYN  To confess:
She admits to being strict with her
Don’t be afraid to admit to your

9. Paula says she’s planning
on resigning (A) soon because
she expects getting accepted
(B) into an MBA program,
hopes to study (C)
international trade, and then,
upon graduating (D), find a
much better job.

To resign (from sth)|To resign
(as sth) to officially tell sb that
you are leaving your job, an
organization, etc.:
He resigned as manager after
eight years.

MBA (n) a second university
degree in business (the
abbreviation for ‘Master of
Business Administration’):
to do an MBA

10. If you want my advice
about succeeding (A) in the
workplace, you should plan to
arrive (B) on time every day,
agree to work (C) late if
necessary, and stop to gossip

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