Friday, May 20, 2016

Verb + -ing or verb + infinitive (Speaking practice)

As you know, after certain verbs we use the -ing form, and after other verbs we use the infinitive. Sometimes we can use either form and there is no change in meaning. Occasionally we can use either form and there is a change in meaning.

If you'd like to learn more about the rule for whether we use the -ing form or the infinitive after a certain verb, take a look at this document on the British Council website.  For verbs there are used with either with a change in meaning, you might want to refer to a comprehensive grammar book.

After introducing these differences and causative structures like 'have someone do something' or 'get someone to do something' etc. to your students, you can use these questions (prepared by my friend / colleague Cansu Turan) to do some practice. Of course, it doesn't necessarily mean that your students will actually use these structures in their answers, but judging by their answers, you can at least see if they can understand the questions or not.

(Click here to take a look at our post on how to teach 'have something done'.)