offer decide hope deserve promise agree plan manage afford threaten refuse arrange fail forget learn
After these verbs, you can use to … (infinitive):
– It was late, so we decided to take a taxi home.
– David was in a difficult situation, so I agreed to help him.
– How old were you when you leaned to drive? (or leaned how to drive)
– Karen failed to make a good impression at the job interview.
The negative is not to …:
– We decided not to go out because of the weather.
– I promised not to be late.
After some verbs, to … is not possible, For example, enjoy/think/suggest:
– I enjoy reading. (not enjoy to read)
– Sam suggested going to the movies. (not suggested to go)
– Are you thinking of buying a car? (not thinking to buy)
We also use to … after:
seem appear tend pretend claim
After dare, you can use a verb with or without to:
– I wouldn’t dare to tell him. or I wouldn’t dare tell him.
After some verbs, you can use a question word (what/whether/how, etc.) + to … We use this structure especially after:
ask decide know remember forget learn understand wonder explain
|We asked||how||to get||to the station.|
|Have you decided||where||to go||for your vacation?|
|I don’t know||whether||to apply||for the job or not.|
|Do you understand||what||to do?||–|
Also: show/tell/ask/advise/teach somebody what/how/where
to do something:
- Can somebody show me how to change the film in this camera?
- Ask Jack. He’ll tell you what to do.