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Elementary - Verb Patterns

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English grammar lesson on-line for elementary level students - An explanation of the use of verb patterns with printable exercises.

There are different verb patterns when one verb follows another verb.

Verb + infinitive
I want to go home.
We'd like to have holiday.
We've decided to get married!
I hope to see you soon.
Verb + -ing
He enjoys/ loves/ likes sailing.
It stopped/ started raining.
Adjective + infinitive
It was nice to meet you.
It's easy to make mistakes.
It's difficult to understand what he saying.

Infinitive of purpose

The infinitive can express why a person does something.

  • I'm saving my money to buy a CD player.
  • We are going to Paris to have a holiday.
  • She's on a diet to lose weight.
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