Gerund vs. Infinitive Worksheet For Class 8

Complete the following sentences with the infinitive or gerund form of the verb given in the brackets.

Grammar

Some verbs can be followed by either an infinitive or a gerund. Common examples of such verbs are:

advise, allow, begin, continue, forbid, forget, go, hate, hear, like, love, permit, prefer, regret, remember, see, start, stop, try and watch.

  • She started singing. Or She started to sing.
  • I tried to stop him. Or I tried stopping him.
  • She continued to speak. Or She continued speaking.

There are also some verbs that can be followed by only one of the two.

Common verbs that can be followed by infinitives are:

agree, appear, ask, attempt, begin, choose, continue, decide, expect, fail, forget, happen, hate, help, hope, learn, like, love, manage, neglect, offer, prefer, prepare, promise, refuse, regret, remember, seem, try, want and wish.

Verbs that are normally followed by ing forms are:

admit, avoid, consider, delay, deny, detest, dislike, enjoy, escape, face, feel like, finish, forgive, give up, involve, mind, miss, postpone, put off, resist, risk, suggest, understand etc.

Fill in the blanks with the gerund or infinitive form of the verb.

1. The teacher advised us ……………………….. (work) hard.

2. She enjoys ………………………………. (teach) the underprivileged.

3. I have finished ……………………….. (paint) the walls.

4. He attempted …………………………. ( escape)

5. Do you mind …………………………. (work) late?

6. Mother suggested ………………………… (consult) the doctor.

7. Don’t give up …………………………  (try)

8. She denied ……………………… (take) the money.

9. She refused …………………………. (come) with me.

10. I want ………………………….. now. (go)

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Answers

1. The teacher advised us to work hard.

2. She enjoys teaching the underprivileged.

3. I have finished painting the walls.

4. He attempted to escape.

5. Do you mind working late?

6. Mother suggested consulting the doctor.

7. Don’t give up trying.

8. She denied taking the money.

9. She refused to come with me.

10. I want to go now.

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