Verbs Followed by To + Base Verb (Infinitives)

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In learning English as a Second Language, there are some words that we need to commit to memory. Below are some of the verbs that naturally go with the Infinitive To, and of course, as a rule, the Infinitive To is followed by a Base Form of the Verb

I hope that this post will help many English students. 

Afford to

She can afford to buy a nice car, but she keeps on using her old battered car.

Agree to

Jack agreed to mow Jane’s lawn.

Aim to

I aim to make it big in the modeling industry.

Arrange to

He wanted to get a salary increase so he arranged to speak to the CEO.

Attempt to

In 1991, she attempted to climb Mt. Everest alone.

Decide to

Elon Musk decided to buy $1.5 billion Bitcoin.

Deserve to

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani deserved to get the silver medal but they got the bronze instead.

Desire to

I desire to meet a man who  is intellectually better than I am.

Expect to

I expect to win Miss Supermodel in two years.

Fail to

My cousin joined a local beauty pageant when we were in high school but she failed to get the crown.

Forget to

I forgot to include her name in my list of invited guests.

Hope to

She hopes to go to Harvard. She has been studying hard to pass the exam.

Intend to

Jack intended to marry Jane, but when Jack met Anne, he broke up with Jane.

Learn to

I learned to read and write when I was three years old.

Manage to

She managed to pay all of his loans in just three years.

Mean to

I did not mean to offend her when I told her she’s an idiot. I thought she was already aware of it.

Need to

I need to lose weight as soon as possible.

Offer to

Jack offered to buy me a diamond necklace but I said no.

Plan to

I plan to travel around the world when this pandemic is over.

Pretend to

I wanted to be polite, so I pretended to like the food he gave me.

Promise to

I promised to buy my nephew a hamburger if he gets a good score in his final exams.

Propose to

The citizens proposed to build a gymnasium. The mayor agreed.

Refuse to

She refused to accept the silver medal because she believed that she deserved the gold.

Serve to

This wristwatch serves to remind me that long time ago, he was mine.

Threaten to

The little boy threatened not to go to school if he can’t wear his tennis shoes.

Want to

I really, really want to marry a retired military general.

Wish to

I wish to meet a good guy soon.

The following are NOT VERBS, they are adjectives, so we need to put a BE Verb (AM, IS, ARE/WAS, WERE) before them. 

Able to

Fortunately, I was able to pass the exam even though I could not study for it.

Eager to

I’m really eager to meet him. I hope he feels the same for me.

Pleased to

We are pleased to announce that we are going to represent the Philippines in the Ice Dancing Competition in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Easy to

Do you think it’s easy to win a medal at the Olympics? No, it’s not.

Japanese Translation by: Google Translate 







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