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Verbs Followed by Infinitives

 

agree Tom agreed to help me.
appear His health appeared to be better.
arrange Naomi arranged to stay with her cousin in Miami.
ask She asked to leave.
begin He began to talk.
can’t bear He can’t bear to be alone.
can’t stand Nancy can’t stand to work the late shift.
care He doesn’t care to participate in the activity.
cease The government ceased to provide free healthcare.
choose I chose to help.
claim She claimed to be a princess.
continue She continued to talk.
decide We decided to go to Hawaii.
demand He demanded to speak to Mr. Harris.
deserve He deserves to go to jail.
dread I dread to think what might happen.
expect They expect to arrive early.
fail He failed to get enough money to pay for the new project.
forget I forgot to lock the door when I left.
get (be allowed to) Debbie gets to go to the concert next week! Why can’t I?
happen She happened to be at the bank when it was robbed.
hate He hates to clean dishes.
hesitate She hesitated to tell me the problem.
hope I hope to begin college this year.
intend We intend to visit you next spring.
learn I learned to speak Japanese when I was a kid.
like Samantha likes to read.
love We love to scuba dive.
manage He managed to open the door without the key.
need I need to study.
neglect She neglected to tell me the date of the meeting.
offer Frank offered to drive us to the supermarket.
plan We plan to go to Europe this summer.
prefer He prefers to eat at 7 PM.
prepare They prepared to take the test.
pretend The child pretended to be a monster.
promise She promised to stop smoking.
propose Drew proposed to pay for the trip.
refuse The guard refused to let them enter the building.
regret I regret to inform you that your application was rejected.
remember Did you remember to lock the door when you left?
seem Nancy seemed to be disappointed.
start Marge started to talk really fast.
swear She swore to tell the truth.
tend He tends to be a little shy.
threaten He threatened to leave forever.
try Mary tried to lift the table, but it was too heavy.
vow He vowed to get revenge.
wait She waited to buy a movie ticket.
want I want to study Spanish.
wish I wish to stay.
would like
(meaning “wish” or “want”)
We would like to start now.
yearn Melanie yearns to travel somewhere exotic.
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