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Chapter 5. Clause and Effect > Verbal Phrases - Pg. 52

Clause and Effect 52 Write Angles Some verbs even change meaning depending on whether they come before a gerund or infinitive. For example, the sentence We stopped eating means the meal was over. But the sentence We stopped to eat means we took a break between activities to grab a meal. Other verbs must be followed by an infinitive, as in the following examples: · They wanted to go (not going ) to the ant farm. · Only one of us decided to question (not questioning ) that decision. Here are the most common verbs that must be followed by an infinitive: Verbs That Must Be Followed by an Infinitive afford appear attempt care decide agree arrange beg claim decline aim ask cannot afford consent demand