The Story of Gerunds and Infinitives
- The Gerund (V+ing): The gerund looks like a verb, but it behaves like a noun. It's great for talking about activities and experiences. For instance, "I love dancing." Here, 'dancing' is the gerund, and it's the object of the verb 'love'.
- The Infinitive (to+V): The infinitive is the base form of the verb, often with 'to'. It's versatile and can be used in various ways – to express purpose ("I eat to live"), after certain adjectives ("I'm happy to help"), and after some verbs ("She decided to leave"), among others.
Unleashing Gerunds and Infinitives with Metkagram
Metkagram, simplifies grammar with clear, visual representations. By using annotated flashcards and interactive exercises, learners can grasp the usage of gerunds and infinitives in an engaging manner.
- "I enjoy swimming."*(Here, 'swimming' is a gerund. It's the object of the verb 'enjoy'. Note the pattern: verb + gerund.)
- "He agreed to help."*(In this sentence, 'to help' is an infinitive. It follows the verb 'agreed'. This is a common pattern: verb + to-infinitive.)