5 Types of English Verb + Verb Combinations

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Many students get confused when there are two consecutive verbs in a sentence – what form does the second verb take? This lesson will show you five types of verb + verb combinations with example sentences.

If you want to practice more, try creating your own example sentence for each verb in the tables!

#1 – English Verbs + -ING Form

avoid deny finish regret
be/get used to dislike imagine risk
can’t help don’t mind look forward to spend time
can’t stand enjoy practice stop
consider feel like recommend suggest

Example Sentences:

  • I avoid eating after 10 PM.
  • She considered studying Spanish, but chose to study French instead.
  • I don’t mind giving you a ride to the airport.
  • We look forward to hearing from you.
  • He regrets losing his temper at the meeting.
  • I recommend visiting Central Park.

#2 – English Verbs + Infinitive (with TO)

agree expect manage pretend threaten
attempt fail need promise try
claim hesitate offer refuse want
decide hope plan seem would like
deserve learn prepare tend

Example Sentences:

  • He agreed to help me with my homework.
  • We decided to buy a new car.
  • I hope to speak English fluently someday.
  • You need to do more exercise.
  • They promised to call me back.
  • Bob refused to cooperate with the police.

#3 – English Verbs + Object + Infinitive (with TO)

advise convince inform require
allow encourage instruct teach
authorize force permit tell
cause get persuade urge
challenge hire remind warn

Example Sentences:

  • I don’t allow my kids to watch violent movies.
  • The defect caused the machinery to malfunction.
  • My friend convinced me to get a tattoo.
  • He reminded her to take out the trash in the morning.
  • The boss requires all employees to arrive on time.
  • Jennifer told us to bring a jacket.

#4 – English Verbs + Infinitive (with TO) or -ING Form

begin prefer
continue remember*
hate* start
like try

Example Sentences:

  • The little girl started crying.
    = The little girl started to cry.
  • I like reading.
    = I like to read.

Use remember + infinitive to give a reminder, and remember + -ING to talk about a memory:

  • Remember to go to the bank after work.
  • I remember going to the beach every summer as a child.

Use hate + -ING for something you hate always / in general, and hate + infinitive for something you are going to do (but you don’t want to):

  • I hate waiting in line.
    (in general)
  • I hate to ask you for money yet again… but could you lend me $10?
    (expressing regret for something you are going to do)

#5 – English Verbs + Object + Simple Form (without TO)


Example Sentences:

  • The teacher doesn’t let us use cell phones during class.
    (not “let us to use”)
  • I made my son clean his room.
    (not “made my son to clean”)
  • Could you help me carry these boxes?
    (you could say “help me to carry,” but it’s not common)
  • The teacher had each student give a presentation.
    (not “had each student to give”)

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