Google
English-Test.net
Find penpals and make new friends today!
 
to act; to function; to manage; to use; to activate; to perform surgery
refuse
name
operate
pair
full quiz correct answer
 
Username
Password
 Remember me? 
Search   Album   FAQ   Memberlist   Profile   Private messages   Register   Log in 

Most children do nothing but play



 
ESL Forum | English Teacher Explanations (ESL Tests)
finding vs. finds | traveling vs. travelling
listening exercises
Message
Author
Most children do nothing but play #1 (permalink) Sat Dec 04, 2010 15:08 pm   Most children do nothing but play
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #271 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (10)", question 6

Most children do nothing but ......... video games all day long.

(a) playing
(b) play
(c) plays
(d) to play

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #271 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (10)", answer 6

Most children do nothing but play video games all day long.

Correct answer: (b) play
_________________________

What is the rule that we have to use a bare infinitive and not a gerund?
_________________
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Kati Svaby
I'm a Communicator ;-)


Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 6286
Location: Hungary

Most children do nothing but play #2 (permalink) Sat Dec 04, 2010 15:38 pm   Most children do nothing but play
 

Hi Kati,

Some verbs are always followed by a gerund only or can be followed by either and some are always followed by the infinitive. You simply have to remember these verbs:

Examples: He tried working/He tried to work/He wants to work.

In the test sentence you need to use the infinitive so that it balances with 'do' - they do nothing/they play. They are two separate verbs.

Alan
_________________
English as a Second Language
You can read my ESL story Present Simple
Alan
Co-founder
Alan Townend

Joined: 27 Sep 2003
Posts: 17284
Location: UK

Learn some cool expressions in the following cool storyEnglish grammar exercises — improve your English knowledge and vocabulary skillsAre you a native speaker of English? Then you should read this!Have you read a good anecdote today? Subscribe to free email English course
they do sth #3 (permalink) Sat Dec 04, 2010 18:43 pm   they do sth
 

Hello Alan,

Thanks for your explication - I think I was very careless because this is so logical what you said.I didn't notice there are two verbs and one subject so the second verb belong to this subject.

Again thank you very much.
Kati Svaby
_________________
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Kati Svaby
I'm a Communicator ;-)


Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 6286
Location: Hungary

Most children do nothing but play #4 (permalink) Tue Dec 03, 2013 15:52 pm   Most children do nothing but play
 

Hi Alan,
which verbs are always followed by a gerund?
For example, love, like, enjoy, risk... Which else?
_________________
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!!!
Ivana15
I'm here quite often ;-)


Joined: 18 Jan 2012
Posts: 304
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Most children do nothing but play #5 (permalink) Tue Dec 03, 2013 23:28 pm   Most children do nothing but play
 

Hello Ivana,

You asked a question what I have long wanted to learn. I hope Alan won't take it bad part that I answered the letter which was addressed to him.

Verbs that can be followed by a gerund (ex: .verb +..ing) or both: gerund and infinitive
*means that the verb can use with infinitive also.

1- After verbs that express likes/dislikes :

like (I like cooking) (*I didn't like telling him.)
love (chatting)
enjoy ( walking)(I don't enjoy going to the cinema on summer evenings!
dislike (quarreling)
hate (ironing)
don't mind ( I don't mind at all telling people my age.)
can't stand (being kept waiting) = I detest waiting.
can't bear*(I can't bear being laughed at)or (I can't bear to see an accident.)
delight(She delights making others feel stupid. )/negative feeling/
annoy (I am annoyed about not being invited to the party.)

2- After certain other verbs, such as :

admit- (I admit to making mistakes.)
appreciate ( I appreciate being loved.)
apologize =He apologized being late.
allow* (They don't allow smoking in their flat) or (My parents didn't allow me to stay out late.)
avoid (When I speak in Hungarian I avoided using foreign words)
advise*(I advise buying your tickets in advance) I advise him to buy his tickets in advance.)
consider( I am considering travelling In Great Britain)
deny (He denies speaking to me about this)
delay ( delayed telling him the shocking news.)
understand ( I understand him needing some time alone)/understand in complex sentences after conjunctions : why/what/that we don't use gerund)
finish(I have just finished my email)
fancy ( I don't fancy the idea going home in the dark)
go* in for (She is going for the TOEFL examination)
involve ( the test involving the verbs with gerund.)
keep=(Keep smiling.)
mention ( Did I mention going to see the Van Gogh exhibition?)
mind (Nobody really minded what happened to me.)
stop ( You need to stop making excuses.)
waste time/money (you are wasting your time trying to explain to him.)
imagine( I could hardly imagine living without him)
involve (try to involve students in learning.)
keep (on) Don't keep on interrupting me.)
miss (He narrowly missed being run over.)(I miss living in London)
postpone( they postponed building a new hospital)
permit*(The rules do not permit keeping animals in the flat) or (The rules didn't permit us to keep animals in the flat.)
suggest* (He suggested going to cinema./ He suggested to go to cinema.)
resist ( the bank resisted to cutting the interest rates.)
reject*(If I wouldn't have rejected studying, I would have passed my exam) or (he urged to reject the plan)
risk ( I risk being late.)
can't help ( I canít help thinking about happenings)
can't stand ( I can't stand being kept arguing.)
recommend*(I recommend buying a new coat) or My mum recommended me to buy a new dress)
forbade* ( forbade entering.)or (They forbade to everyone to enter in)
require*(Lentils do not requires to soak before cooking)or (My granny required me to soak the lentils before cooking)
insist (He insisted speaking to the manager.)
forget*(Please don't forget calling me when you arrive.) or ( Don't forget to call me.)
need*(Your bike needs oiling.) (Your bike needs to be oiled.)

3- After prepositions :

interested in ... (I am interested in learning English.)
instead of ...(I don't want to walk instead of going by car.)
good at ...She is good at finding cheep clothing.)
before ...Before doing shopping drink an orange juice.
after ...After waking up I drank a coffee.

4- After certain expressions :

it's no use ...( It's no use convincing him to revise his lessons. He's so stubborn.)
it's no good ...(It's not good complaining.)
there's no point in ...( There is no point explaining to him.)
I can't help...( I can't help being depressive.)
I don't mind...( I don't mind your smoking.)
Would you mind....(Would you mind opening the window.)
I couldn't help.....(I couldn't help smiling.)

Can be continued...

Bye:
Kati
_________________
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Kati Svaby
I'm a Communicator ;-)


Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 6286
Location: Hungary

Most children do nothing but play #6 (permalink) Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:53 am   Most children do nothing but play
 

Hello Alan,

Could you help me? As you can see I asked for help yesterday night but I didn't receive. I could have deleted the unnecessary posts if I had received the deleting sign. (a blue +)

I am very sorry, I can't helpless. My every attempt to answer a post ends in failure.Until now I had received the possibility to delete the redundant posts, but now no.

My question would be please to help me to delete ALL these posts.

Many thanks.

Regards:
Kati Svaby
_________________
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Kati Svaby
I'm a Communicator ;-)


Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 6286
Location: Hungary

Most children do nothing but play #7 (permalink) Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:39 am   Most children do nothing but play
 

Mission accomplished.

Alan
_________________
English as a Foreign Language
You can read my EFL story Progressive Forms
Alan
Co-founder
Alan Townend

Joined: 27 Sep 2003
Posts: 17284
Location: UK

Most children do nothing but play #8 (permalink) Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:33 am   Most children do nothing but play
 

Dear Alan,

Many, many thanks.

Regards:
Kati Svaby
_________________
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Kati Svaby
I'm a Communicator ;-)


Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 6286
Location: Hungary

Most children do nothing but play #9 (permalink) Wed Dec 04, 2013 13:38 pm   Most children do nothing but play
 

Thank you, both of you
_________________
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!!!
Ivana15
I'm here quite often ;-)


Joined: 18 Jan 2012
Posts: 304
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Display posts from previous:   
finding vs. finds | traveling vs. travelling
ESL Forum | English Teacher Explanations (ESL Tests) All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1
Latest topics on English Forums
Test incompl/elem-293, Question 3Understandin textagriculture and developmentmy end of the bargaincome across shadymade up of salt waterWhat is the meaning of expression 'hitch in your giddyup'?Why can't soldiers desert their posts?What does punch-drunk mean?Meaning of the word defiantWhen do we use "after" and when "until"?Is it possible to say "We live by the city centre"What does this phrasal verb mean: "We'd better get on with it."?

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Get FREE English course via e-mail