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Common problems

TO DO or TO DOING?

What's wrong?

Please correct the following sentence:

I look forward to see you tomorrow.

What's the rule?

To Do

Some verbs are always followed by the infinitive form of the second verb.

Examples

My boss decided to leave early.

She expected to receive a salary increase.

They are hoping to arrive on time.

We should arrange to meet at 9.00 am.


These verbs are followed by the infinitive:

afford

decide

learn
agree

expect

manage
appear

fail

plan
arrange

hope

refuse
attempt

intend

seem

To Doing

Certain verbs and adjectives are always followed by "to" and the "ing" form of the second verb.

Examples

My boss is used to working long hours.

We are accustomed to eating a more formal meal on Sundays.

She is looking forward to meeting her relatives from Colombia.

Do not confuse USED TO and TO BE USED TO + DOING!
I used to work for Francis Bray Ltd.

(I worked for that company but don't work for it now.)

I am used to working hard

(I work hard and have done so for a long time. It is now routine.)

Test it out!

Use either the infinitive or "to" plus the "ing" form of the verb in brackets to fill the gaps in the sentences below:

1. He's not used on the left hand side of the road. (DRIVE)
2. We decided a new house last year. (BUY)
3. My husband always manages the Financial Times before he goes to work. (READ)
4. She intended a holiday but she can't now. She's too busy at work. (TAKE)
5. Michael is looking forward you the new product design he has just developed. (SHOW)

   


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