Speak About:

Present

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Past to Present

Future

Abilities - Responsibilities

Asking Questions

Choosing the Right Phrase

Combining Verbs

Explaining Ideas

Describing Your World

Complex Ideas

Relating Ideas, People, Objects

Speaking about Objects

Wondering about Situations

I Hope To Do It

Verbs + Infinitive

A number of verbs take the infinitive when directly following another verb. Unfortunately, there are no rules as to which verbs take the infinitive and which verbs take the 'ing' or gerund form. Here is a list of common verbs which are always followed by the infinitive.

Common Verbs + Infinitive

afford
agree
appear
arrange
ask
attempt
bear
begin
care
choose
consent
decide
determine
expect
fail
forget
happen
hate
help
hesitate
hope
intend
learn
like
love
manage
mean
offer
prefer
prepare
pretend
promise
propose
refuse
regret
remember
seem
start
swear
trouble
try
want
wish

Example:

I am looking to buy some stocks that would give me good returns on my investment.

If you expect to reduce a payment when you protest a bill, you should collect and verify your facts before you call the vendor.

I wanted to buy a good utility stock.

Adjective + Infinitive

Any verb following an adjective takes the infinitive.

Example:

We were unable to get the product at a discount.

It's important to understand the risks of a limited partnership.