Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 177 | Grammar | Verb Patterns

Two common verb patterns used in academic English are:

Verb + preposition + gerund

It works by adding particles to the cloud that attract water vapor.

Verbs that usually follow this pattern include admit to, believe in, benefit from, care about, concentrate on, cope with, decide against, depend on, disagree with, and object to.

Verb + object + to + base form

Chinese officials claim to have used the technique to trigger snowstorms in arid northern regions.

Verbs that usually follow this pattern include advise, allow, ask, encourage, expect, order, permit, persuade, remind, and warn.

Choose the correct form of the verbs to complete the sentences using the rules above.

  1. It’s essential that we allocate resources to support / supporting disaster victims.
  2. Limited people may be willing to make a change, but the whole of society will benefit from make / making these alterations.
  3. In general, governments don’t try to persuade people to make / making significant lifestyle changes.
  4. Due to a lack of empirical data, the government decided against building / build the proposed desalination plants.
  5. The company rules don’t permit / isn’t permitting employees to take their car to work.
  6. Controversially, the government decided against close / closing the nuclear power plant.