UNIT 53. Verb (+ Object) + to … (I want you to …, etc.)

Australia-16 grammar

A

want
ask
help
expect
bag
would like
would prefer
mean (= intend)

These verbs are followed by to … (infinitive). The structure can be:

Verb + to … Verb + Object + to …
We expected to be late. We expected Dan to be late.
Would you like to go now? Would you like me to go now?
He doesn’t want to know. He doesn’t want anybody to know.

Do not say “want that”:
– Do you want me to come with you? (not Do you want that I come)

After help, you can use the verb with or without to. So you can says:
– Can you help me to move this table? or Can you help me move this table?

B

tell
remind
force
encourage
teach
enable
order
warn
invite
persuade
get (= persuade, arrange for)

These verbs have the structure verb + object + to …:
– Can you remind me to call Ann tomorrow?
– Who taught you to drive?
– I didn’t move the piano by myself. I got somebody to help me.
– Jim said the switch was dangerous and warned me not to touch it.

In the next example, the verb is passive (I was warned / we were told, etc.):
– I was warned not to touch the switch.

You cannot use suggest with the structure verb + object + to …:
– Jane suggested that I ask you for advice. (not Jane suggested me to talk)

C

After advise and allow, two structures are possible. Compare”

Verb + -ing (without an object) Verb + Object + to …
I wouldn’t advise staying in that hotel. I wouldn’t advise anybody to stay in that hotel.
They don’t allow parking in front of the building They don’t allow people to park in front of the building

Study these examples with (be) allowed (passive):

Parking isn’t allowed in front of the building You aren’t allowed to park in front of the building

D

Make and let

These verbs have the structure verb + object + base form (do/open/feel, etc.):
– I made him promise that he wouldn’t tell anybody what happened. (not to promise)
– Hot weather makes me feel tired. (= caused me to feel tired)
– Her parents wouldn’t let her go out alone. (= wouldn’t allow her to go out)
– Let me carry your bag for you.

We say “make somebody do” (not to do), but the passive is “(be) made to do” (with to):
– We were made to wait for two hours. (= They made us wait…)

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