Adjective followed by the Infinitives

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Some adjectives are always followed by the infinitive form of the verb and never by the gerunds. It would be incorrect to use the gerunds after the following adjectives:





Incorrect: He was anxious making a move.  
Correct:  He was anxious to make a move.
Incorrect: It was boring watching that movie again.
Correct: It was boring to watch that movie again.
Incorrect: It is dangerous walking on that road.
Correct: It is dangerous to walk on that road.
Incorrect: It’s hard changing a bad habit.
Correct: It’s hard to change a bad habit.
Incorrect: He is eager meeting his family.
Correct: He is eager to meet his family.
Incorrect: It is easy saying anything but difficult doing.
Correct: It is easy to say anything but difficult to do.
Incorrect: It is good hearing from you.
Correct: It is good to hear from you.
Incorrect: It was strange meeting him.
Correct: It was strange to meet him.
Incorrect: I was prepared doing everything for her.
Correct: I was prepared to do everything for her.
Incorrect: I was pleased watching the movie.
Correct: I was pleased to watch the movie.
Incorrect: We are ready going.
Correct: We are ready to go.
Incorrect: I cannot believe that he is able doing it.
Correct: I cannot believe that he is able to do it.
Incorrect: It has become usual coming late in the office.
Correct: It has become usual to come late in the office.
Incorrect: It is very uncommon getting such good products here.
Correct: It is very uncommon to get such good products here.
Incorrect: It is always difficult scoring runs on this kind of surface.
Correct: It is always difficult to score runs on this kind of surface.

Note: The rule is only applicable to the adjectives of the first box. The synonyms of these words might have a different rule. For example, the adjective ‘able’ has a similar meaning to the word ‘capable’ but the grammatical function of this two words is different.

Correct: I will be able to perform the duties for you.
Incorrect: I will be capable to perform the duties for you.
Correct: I will be capable of performing the duties for you.

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