Welcome back to another edition of incomplete sentences. If I’m not mistaking, this could be the very first blog I’ve written along with the YouTube video and Podcast for Incomplete Sentences.
Anyhow, here’s a breakdown of gerunds.
Gerunds are verbs in their base form + -ing, e.g. doing. Infinitives are verbs in their base form + to, e.g. to do.
Match the sentences (a-f) with the rules down below.
a. That will give us more time to go running.
b. I’d be interested in finding a new pair of shoes.
c. I don’t like doing homework.
d. I think cleaning will change over the next few decades.
e. You use a fridge to keep your food chilled.
f. That’s easy to fix.
- We use the infinitive/gerund after prepositions (except to)
- We use the infinitive/gerund immediately after adjectives.
- We use the infinitive/gerund with go to talk about physical activities.
- We use the infinitive/gerund after verbs of liking or disliking (except would like).
- We use the infinitive/gerund to explain why we do something.
- We use the infinitive/gerund as the subject or object of the sentence.
- Although I advised her to go by train, she decided _____________ instead.
A) drive B) to drive C) driving D) drove
2. He was out when I called, but the receptionist kindly offered _________ a message for me.
A) to take B) taken C) took D) taking
3. It appears that our competitors are considering ____________ our takeover proposal.
A) to accept B) accept C) accepting D) accepted
4. When buying a new car, it is advisable to __________ the best deal you can find.
A) go through B) look for C) get into D) fill out
- If you take a look at the sentence, what verb in the answers is closely related to the word “find?”
5. We are ___________ on you to make a good impression at the conference next month.
A) taking B) counting C) putting D) picking
6. After waiting for more than thirty minutes for my entree to arrive, I asked __________to the manager.
A) speak B) speaking C) spoken D) to speak