A few weeks ago I posted a question about the usage of a verbal in a particular sentence. But now, I have another question on the same topic, gerund.
Sometimes I don't know for sure if I need to use the gerund or the infinitive form, so I searched on web to find the answers for my questions; I found this. In this article I found a list of common verbs followed by gerunds and another list of common verbs followed by infinitives.
So, I was wondering if the words that compound one list has some characteristic in common that determine if the following word will be a gerund or an infinitive.
From the referenced PDF file:
1. Following a verb (gerund or infinitive)
Both gerunds and infinitives can replace a noun as the object of a verb. Whether you use a gerund or an infinitive depends on the main verb in the sentence. Consult the lists below to find out which form to use following which verbs.
I expect to have the report done by Friday. [INFINITIVE]
I anticipate having the report done by Friday. [GERUND]
Some common verbs followed by a gerund
(note that phrasal verbs, marked here with *, always fall into this category):
- acknowledge — She acknowledged receiving assistance.
- *accuse of — He was accused of smuggling contraband goods.
- admit — They admitted falsifying the data.
- advise — The author advises undertaking further study.
- anticipate — He anticipates having trouble with his supervisor.
Some common verbs followed by an infinitive:
- afford — We cannot afford to hesitate.
- agree — The professors agreed to disagree.
- appear — The results appear to support your theory.
- arrange — They had arranged to meet at noon.
- beg — I beg to differ with you.