Verbs Followed by Infinitives

List of verbs commonly followed by infinitives (examples included)


  • afford  

We cannot afford to hesitate.

  • agree    

The professors agreed to disagree.

  • aim        

We aim to increase the speed of delivery.

  • appear  

The results appear to support your theory.

  • attempt               

Are you going to attempt to pass the exam?

  • ask         

Historians frequently ask to consult the collection.

  • arrange                

They had arranged to meet at noon.

  • beg        

I beg to differ with you.

  • begin    

The leaves begin to fall when autumn comes.

  • care       

Would you care to respond?

  • choose

Every day is beautiful if you choose to see it.

  • claim      

She claims to have new data.

  • consent                

Will you consent to run for office?

  • continue              

The finance minister will continue to mastermind Poland's economic reform.

  • dare       

I wouldn't dare to call him. He's very angry.

  • decide  

He has decided to live in France.

  • demand              

I demand to see the results of the survey.

  • deserve               

She deserves to have a fair hearing.

  • dislike  

We dislike to have anyone patronize us.

  • expect  

What time do you expect to arrive home?

  • fail          

The teacher failed to recognise my good work.

  • forget   

She forgot to turn off the tap, so there was water all over the floor.

  • get          

We've got to get the economy under control or it will literally eat us up.

  • hesitate              

I hesitate to try the experiment again.

  • hope     

He hope to find a job in Cork soon.

  • hurry    

It had to hurry to find a home because I was already on to something else.

  • intend  

I heard they intend to marry.

  • learn      

We have learned to proceed with cautions.

  • like         

She liked to sunbathe in the seclusion of her own garden.

  • love        

I love to ramble through the fields and lanes in this part of the country.

  • manage                

How did she manage to find the solution?

  • mean    

I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.

  • neglect

The author neglected to provide an index.

  • need    

Do we need to find new subjects?

  • offer      

She offered to help me move my things to my new house.

  • plan       

Next year I plan to travel around the world.

  • prefer    

Would you prefer to live in the country instead of a town?

  • prepare                

He was not prepared to give a lecture.

  • pretend               

She was pretending to cry. I knew she was lying.

  • proceed               

They will proceed to build another laboratory building.

  • promise               

He promised to collect her from the airport.

  • propose               

We propose to deal with this subject in the following chapter.

  • refuse   

She refused to cooperate any longer.

  • remember          

He had remembered to bring a pair of gloves, unlike me.

  • seem     

Something seems to be wrong with your design.

  • start       

The child started to sob when he couldn't find his mother.

  • stop       

His secretary stopped taking notes to gape at me.

  • struggle                

We struggled to understand her point of view.

  • swear    

He swears to tell the truth.

  • threaten              

The team threatened to stop their research.

  • try          

We tried to confuse the enemy.

  • volunteer            

Will you volunteer to lead the group?

  • wait       

We could not wait to hear the outcome.

  • want      

She did not want to go first.

  • wish       

Do you wish to participate?

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