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TOEFL Structure Part 2: Verbs that Require an Infinitive in the Complement


Problem 2 Verbs that Require an Infinitive in the Complement
Remember that the following verbs require an infinitive for a verb in the complement.

agree
appear
arrange
ask
claim
consent
decide
demand
deserve
expect
fail
forget
hesitate
hope
intend
learn
manage
mean
need
offer
plan
prepare
pretend
promise
refuse
seem
tend
threaten
wait
want

S
V
C (infinitive)
M
We
had planned
to leave
day before yesterday

Avoid using an -ing form after the verbs listed. Avoid using a verb word after want.

INCORRECT : He wanted speak with Mr. Brown.
CORRECT : He wanted to speak with Mr. Brown.

INCORRECT : We demand knowing our status.
CORRECT : We demand to know our status.

INCORRECT : I intend the inform you that we cannot approve your application.
CORRECT : I intend to inform you that we cannot approve your application.

INCOPRECT : They didn't plan buying a car.
CORRECT : They didn't plan to buy a car.

INCORRECT : The weather tends improving in May.
CORRECT : The weather tends to improve in May.

Exercises
Part A: Choose the correct answer.

One of the least effective ways of storing information is learning ________ it.
(A) how repeat
(B) repeating
(C) to repeat
(D) repeat

Part B: Choose the incorrect word or phrase and correct it.

Representative democracy seemed evolve simultaneously during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Britain, Europe, and the United States.
(A) (B) (C) (D)

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