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?
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)
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|
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…)