Verbs followed by Infinitives

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We know that one single clause can take only one finite verb, but it can take a few other non-finite verbs working as other parts of speech, in other words, verbs as complements. The non-finite verbs are infinitives, gerunds, and participles. However, some finite verbs are always followed by the infinitives; some are always followed by the gerunds or present participles; others are followed by either gerunds or infinitives.

Verbs That Are Always Followed by the Infinitives:

The following list of verbs must be followed by an infinitive; not any other kinds of non-finite verbs.



Incorrect: You seemed being in a bad mood.
Correct: You seemed to be in a bad mood.
Incorrect: He offered helping me in this project.
Correct: He offered to help me in this project.
Incorrect: I did not hesitate giving her my number.
Correct: I did not hesitate to give her my number.
Incorrect: He demanded working with the president.
Correct: He demanded to work with the president.
Incorrect: John wishes staying in that hotel.
Correct: John wishes to stay in that hotel.
Incorrect: I refused talking with her.
Correct: I refused to talk with her.
Incorrect: I need going there.
Correct: I need to go there.
Incorrect: He wants leaving this town.  
Correct: He wants to leave this town.
Incorrect: He forgot bringing the keys for me.
Correct: He forgot to bring the keys for me. 
Incorrect: My father decided going to the pilgrimage.
Correct: My father decided to go to the pilgrimage.
Incorrect: He learned using the smartphone.
Correct: He learned to use the smartphone.
Incorrect: My cat often pretends sleeping.
Correct: My cat often pretends to sleep. 
Incorrect: I failed reaching there on time.
Correct: I failed to reach there on time.
Incorrect: He claimed being the best batsman in the team.
Correct: He claimed to be the best batsman in the team.
Incorrect: He tends sleeping late.
Correct: He tends to sleep late.
Incorrect: I have prepared quitting the job.
Correct: I have prepared to quit the job. 
Incorrect: He intends going to Alaska.
Correct: He intends to go to Alaska.
Incorrect: He expected starting the journey earlier.
Correct: He expected to start the journey earlier.
Incorrect: Alex attempted entering the cave but he failed.
Correct: Alex attempted to enter the cave but he failed.
Incorrect: Robert strived ruling all the seven kingdoms.
Correct: Robert strived to rule all the seven kingdoms.
Incorrect: He planned invading all of them.  
Correct: He planned to invade all of them.
Incorrect: He hoped triumphing every war.
Correct: He hoped to triumph every war.
Incorrect: He desired winning the hearts of the people.
Correct: He desired to win the hearts of the people.
Incorrect: I agreed traveling with him.
Correct: I agreed to travel with him.


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