English Grammar: -ing or infinitive

Complete each sentence with a suitable form of the verb in brackets.

1) She meant_________ (phone) you, but she forgot it.

2) She promised she wouldn’t forget _______________ (write) to you.

3) Lisa, if you've got an exam tomorrow, why don’t you try__________(study)?

4) Please, avoid __________ (go) to his house

5) He suggested ___________ (speak) to my father.

Answers:

1) She meant_________ (phone) you, but she forgot it.

  • She meant to phone you, but she forgot it.

2) She promised she wouldn’t forget _______________ (write) to you.

  • She promised she wouldn’t forget to write to you.

3) Lisa, if you've got an exam tomorrow, why don’t you try__________(study)?

  • Lisa, if you've got an exam tomorrow, why don’t you try to study?

4) Please, avoid __________ (go) to his house.

  • Please, avoid going to his house.

5) He suggested ___________ (speak) to my father.

  • He suggested speaking to my father.

Extra examples & explanation:

Basic rules:

Mean (Intend) (Pretender - querer)

I mean to finish the homework. [ + to infinitive ]

Forget (Olvidar)

Don't forget to call when you arrive. [ + to infinitive ] (= don't forget to do it) (=no olvidar hacerlo)

I remember visiting my grandparents when I was a child [ + -ing verb ] (= I did it and I still remember it) (=lo hice y todavía lo recuerdo)

Try (Intentar)

Paul tried to arrive on time. [ + to infinitive ] (=make an effort) (=hacer un esfuerzo)

Why don't you try mixing these two colours? [ + -ing verb ] (an experiment or test) (un experimento o test)

Avoid (Evitar)

They are trying to avoid playing the match by Monday. [ + -ing verb ]

Suggest (Sugerir)

Elizabeth suggested going to the theatre together.[ + -ing verb ]

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