The following list shows the ten mistakes that
advanced students most often make when
they put one verb after another. In each case the form of the second verb is incorrect.
✗ I suggest to send our kids on a similar course.
(that) sb do sth
✓ I suggest
(that) we send our
kids on a similar course.
2. Main Verb: recommend
✗ I recommend to write your feelings down on paper.
✓ I recommend writing your feelings down on paper.
3. Main Verb: look forward to
✗ I look forward to hear from you.
forward to doing sth
✓ I look
forward to hearing from you.
4. Main Verb: need
do sth; need doing sth
✗ We need resolve a lot of other important problems.
✓ We need
to resolve a
lot of other important problems.
5. Main Verb: consider
✗ I would like you to consider to sell the house.
✓ I would like you to consider selling the house.
6. Main Verb: want
✗ If you want have the body you have always dreamed of, you must join a gym.
✓ If you want to have the body you have always dreamed of, you must join a gym.
7. Main Verb: be used to
✗ She was not used to speak Cantonese.
✓ She was not used to speaking Cantonese.
8. Main Verb: (would) like
✗ I would like thank the families for their help.
✓ I would
like to thank the
families for their help.
9. Main Verb: can
✗ We need to find new markets where we can to sell our products.
✓ We need to find new markets where we can sell our products.
10. Main Verb: help
✗ My job was to help operating the rollercoaster.
(sb) to do sth; help (sb) do sth
✓ My job was to help (them) to operate the roller-coaster.
✓ My job was to help (them) operate the roller-coaster.
Which verb+verb combinations trouble you the most?