Verbs with Pronouns followed by Infinitives

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VERBS WITH PRONOUNS AND INFINITIVES

Verb + (Pro)Noun + Infinitive with to

 

Examples

advise (smb to do smth)

 

The doctor advised her to take this medicine.

allow

 

He allowed me to use his computer.

ask

 

Mother asked us to help her.

beg

 

They begged us to let them go to the party.

cause

 

Her laziness caused her to fail the class.

challenge

 

He challenged me to race him to the corner.

command

 

Rick commanded the dogs to sit.

convince

 

I couldn’t convince her to accept the money.

dare

 

She dared me to do better than she had done.

encourage

 

My parents always encouraged me to do my best at school.

expect

 

I expect you to be on time.

forbid

 

I forbid you to tell her.

force

 

She forced me to tell the truth.

get

 

We couldn’t get him to stop.

hate

 

I’d hate you to spend the best years of your life doing that.

help

 

I helped an old lady to carry her bags into the house.

hire

 

She hired a nurse to take care of her mother.

instruct

 

Ms. Reed instructed us to read the text twice.

intend

 

Did you intend me to use this resource for the report?

invite

 

I invited Tanya to come to my birthday party.

leave

 

I think we should leave her to rest.

like

 

I like my coffee to be hot.

mean

 

I didn’t mean her to read this book by tomorrow.

need

 

We need Dad to help us fix the bicycle.

oblige

 

The circumstances obliged him to be careful about his health.

order

 

The police ordered the driver to stop.

permit

 

She permitted the children to stay up late.

persuade

 

I persuaded Mary to write an apology.

prefer (would prefer)

 

I’d prefer you to come alone.

press

 

The police pressed me to talk about what had happened that night.

recommend

 

The doctor recommended me to stay at home for two days.

remind

 

He reminded me to lock the door.

require

 

Our teacher requires us to be on time.

request

 

My family requested you to stay with us.

teach

 

My brother taught me how to swim.

tell

 

Mother told me to be home by ten.

tempt

 

Curiosity tempted me to ask her about her husband.

trouble

 

Catherine, may I trouble you to continue reading?

urge

 

I urged her to apply for the job.

want

 

I want you to be happy.

warn

 

Tara warned me not to drive too fast.

wish

 

I wish you to do something for me.

would like

 

I would like you to be my friend.

Verb + (Pro)Noun + Infinitive without to

 

Examples

let

 

I just want to let you know that I am here if you need me.

make

 

The teacher made me stay after class for a conversation.

help*

 

I can help you solve this problem.

hear**

 

I heard him make arrangements for his journey.

see**

 

We saw Dad leave the house.

feel**

 

Lilly felt her heart squeeze.

watch**

 

I stood in the waiting room and watched them leave.

*Verb help can be followed by an infinitive with or without to.

**These are verbs of perception. See Verbs of Perception rules. [coming soon]

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