Verb Plus Object Plus Infinitive | English Grammar in Use

Verb Plus Object Plus | English Grammar in Use

Verb Plus Object Plus Infinitive | English Grammar in Use

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Part A:

want – ask – help – would like – expect – beg – mean (= intend) – would prefer
These verbs are followed by to .. . (infinitive). The structure can be:
verb plus to plus infinitive
? We expected to be late.
? Would you like to go now?
? He doesn’t want to know.
⛔ Do not say ‘want that
The structure: verb plus object plus infinitive:
? We expected Dan to be late.
? Would you like me to go now?
? He doesn’t want anybody to know.
? Do you want me to come with you? (not Do you want that I come)
? After help you can use the infinitive with or without to. So you can say: = Can you help me to move this table? or Can you help me move this table?


Part B:

tell – order – remind – warn – force – invite – encourage – teach – enable – persuade – get(= persuade)
These verbs have the structure: verb plus object plus infinitive
? Can you remind me to call Sam tomorrow?
? Who taught you to drive?
? I didn’t move the piano by myself. I got somebody to help me.
? Joe said the switch was dangerous and warned me not to touch it.
In the next example, the verb is passive (I was warned / we were told etc.):
? I was warned not to touch the switch.
⚠️ You cannot use suggest with the structure: verb plus object plus infinitive.
? Jane suggested that I ask your advice. (not Jane suggested me to ask)


Part C:

After advise and allow, two structures are possible. Compare:
verb+ -ing (without an object)
? I wouldn’t advise staying in that hotel.
? They don’t allow parking in front of the building.
Study these examples with (be) allowed (passive):
? Parking isn’t allowed in front of the building.

? I wouldn’t advise anybody to stay in that hotel.
? They don’t allow people to park in front of the building.
? You aren’t allowed to park in front of the building.


Part D:

Make and Let
verb plus object plus infinitive
These verbs have the structure verb+ object+ infinitive (without to):

? I made him promise that he wouldn’t tell anybody what happened. (not to promise)
? Hot weather makes me feel tired. (= causes me to feel tired)
? Her parents wouldn’t Let her go out alone. (= wouldn’t allow her to go out)
? Let me carry your bag for you.
⚠️ We say ‘make somebody do’ (not to do), but in the passive we say ‘made to do’ (with to):
? We were made to wait for two hours. (= They made us wait … )


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