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Gerunds and infinitives exercises

Gerunds and infinitives exercises

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Gerunds and infinitives exercises practice A

Complete the gerunds and infinitives exercises by choosing the correct option (a) or (b) to complete each of the sentences.

1.  _______________________ is not just fun, it is also great exercise.

(a) To dance    (b) Dancing

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Correct answer is B.

 

2. I find __________________________ movies very relaxing.

(a) to watch    (b) watching

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Correct answer is B.

 

3. I can’t afford  ___________________ my car at the moment.

(a) to replace    (b) replacing

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Correct answer is A.

 

4. I am contemplating  ___________________ a new hobby.

(a) to take up    (b) taking up

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Correct answer is B.

 

5. I demanded  ___________________ the manager so I could make a complaint.

(a) to see    (b) seeing

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Correct answer is A.

 

6. I keep  ___________________ you every time you come back to visit!

(a) to miss    (b) missing

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Correct answer is B.

 

7. He resents  ___________________ so early every day.

(a) to get up    (b) getting up

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Correct answer is B.

 

8. He came  ___________________ with me yesterday.

(a) to talk    (b) talking

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Correct answer is A.

 

9. I fail  ___________________ what the problem is.

(a) to see    (b) seeing

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Correct answer is A.

 

10. ___________________ a book is more interesting than watching a film.

(a) To read    (b) Reading

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Correct answer is B.

 

11. They acknowledged ___________________ the letter.

(a) to receive    (b) receiving

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Correct answer is B.

 

12. She adores ___________________.

(a) to ski    (b) skiing

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Correct answer is B.

 

13. I chose ___________________ during the holidays.

(a) to work    (b) working

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Correct answer is A.

 

14. I hope ___________________ the opportunity to work with him.

(a) to get    (b) getting

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Correct answer is A.

 

15. They have delayed ___________________ a decision until the boss returns.

(a) to make    (b) making

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Correct answer is B.

 

16. The customer threatened ___________________ the company for incompetence.

(a) to sue    (b) suing

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Correct answer is A.

 

17. He deserves ___________________ a holiday; he has been working so hard.

(a) to have    (b) having

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Correct answer is A.

 

18. The teachers discussed ___________________ a new course at their last meeting.

(a) to introduce    (b) introducing

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Correct answer is B.

 

19. I recall ___________________ the issue during a previous meeting.

(a) to discuss    (b) discussing

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Correct answer is B.

 

Gerunds and infinitives exercises practice B

The verbs in the sentences below can take either a gerund or an infinitive form but the meaning changes.

Complete the gerunds and infinitives exercises below by selecting the correct meaning (a) or (b).

20a.  He forgot posting the letter.

(a) He had posted the letter, but didn’t remember doing it

(b) He didn’t post the letter because he didn’t remember to do it

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Correct answer is A.

 

20b.  He forgot to post the letter.

(a) He had posted the letter, but didn’t remember doing it

(b) He didn’t post the letter because he didn’t remember to do it

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Correct answer is B.

 

21a.  He stopped drinking coffee.

(a) He paused what he was doing to drink some coffee

(b) He no longer drinks coffee – he gave it up

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Correct answer is B.

 

21b.  He stopped to drink coffee.

(a) He paused what he was doing to drink some coffee

(b) He no longer drinks coffee – he gave it up

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Correct answer is A.

 

22a.  I regret to inform you about this situation.

(a) I have to give bad news in a formal situation

(b) I said something I wish I hadn’t

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Correct answer is A.

 

22b.  I regret informing you about this situation.

(a) I have to give bad news in a formal situation

(b) I said something I wish I hadn’t

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Correct answer is B.

 

23a.  I remember locking the door.

(a) Action then memory – I locked the door and now remember doing it

(b) Memory then action – I remembered I had to lock the door, then I did it

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Correct answer is A.

 

23b.  I remembered to lock the door.

(a) Action then memory – I locked the door and now remember doing it

(b) Memory then action – I remembered I had to lock the door, then I did it

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Correct answer is B.
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