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Verbs followed by -ing or the infinitive by Mind Map: Verbs followed by -ing or the
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Verbs followed by -ing or the infinitive

Verbs followed by-ing

The -ing form is used when the word is the subject of a sentence or clause

Swimming is good exercise, Swimming

Doctors say that smoking is bad for you., smoking

The -ing form is used after a preposition

I look forward to meeting you., to meeting

They left without saying "Goodbye.", without saying

The -ing form is used after certain verbs

I dislike getting up early., dislike getting up

Would you mind opening the window?, mind opening

Verbs followed by the infinitive

Infinitive form is used after certain form

I forgot to close the window., forgot to close

Mary needs to leave early., needs to leave

Why are they encouraged to learn English?, encouraged to learn

Infinitive form is always used after adjectives

She will be delighted to see you., delighted to see

I was happy to help them., happy to help

Infinitive form is used after adjective + enough

He was strong enough to lift it., strong enough to lift

She is rich enough to buy two, rich enough to buy

Some verbs can be followed by the -ing form or the infinitive without a big change in meaning

It started to rain It started raining

I like to play tennis I like playing tennis