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Gerunds and Infinitives Exercise With Answers

One of the difficulties of the English language is to know whether to use a gerund  (ex: doing) or an infinitive (ex: to do). In the article below I cover gerunds and infinitives exercise with answers, but initially, I recommend you to take look at rules for using gerunds and infinitives or when to use gerunds and when to use infinitives before doing the exercises.

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Gerunds and Infinitives Exercise With Answers
Gerunds and Infinitives Exercise With Answers

Gerunds and Infinitives Exercise With Answers

1. Basic Gerunds and Infinitives

Exercise 1: Choose the correct option.

  1. Dan enjoys (reading/to read)science fiction.
    2. Cheryl suggested (to see/seeing)a movie after work.
    3. I miss (to work/working) in the travel industry. Maybe I can get my old job back.
    4. Where did you learn (speaking/to speak) Spanish? Was it in Spain or in Latin America?
    5. Do you mind (to help/helping) me translate this letter?
    6. He asked (talking/to talk) to the store manager.
    7. You’ve never mentioned (to live/living) in Japan before. How long did you live there?
    8. If he keeps (coming/to come) to work late, he’s going to get fired!
    9. Debbie plans (to study/studying) abroad next year.
    10. I agreed (helping/to help) Jack wash his car.    

2. Intermediate Gerunds and Infinitives

Exercise 2: Choose the correct option.

  1. I can’t stand (complaining/to complain/her complaining)all the time.
    2. Our teacher won’t allow (to use/us to use/us using)dictionaries during the test.
    3. We advised (him to take/him taking/his to take) a taxi instead of walking to the restaurant.
    4. The city doesn’t allow (to park/me park/parking) along curbs painted red.
    5. She prefers (my making/me to make/making) dinner because she doesn’t like to cook.
    6. I hope you don’t mind (my smoking/me to smoke/smoking) while you eat.
    7. John is never on time to work! I hate (arriving/him to arrive/his arriving) late every day.
    8. Sarah urged (to vote/me to vote/me voting) in the next election.
    9. He needs to get a visa extension immediately. The authorities won’t permit (him to stay/him staying/to stay) in the country without a visa.
    10. Travel agents usually advise (to reconfirm/him reconfirming/reconfirming) flight bookings three days before departure.

 Advanced Gerunds and Infinitives

Exercise 3: Choose the correct option.

  1. Neil is starting (to learn/learning/<to learn/learning>)Japanese.
    2. Neil started (learning/<to learn/learning>/to learn)Japanese when he moved to Tokyo.
    3. Samantha loves (to live/<living/to live>/living) New York. She has been living there all her life.
    4. I would love (to live/living/<to live/living>) in London, but it is too expensive.
    5. Tom loves (<to live/living>/to live/living) in smaller towns where he can get to know the locals. He would never live in a big city.
    6. Fred is continuing (to take/<taking/to take>/taking) karate lessons even though he broke his hand.
    7. Fred continued (<to take/taking>/taking/to take) karate lessons even though he broke his hand.
    8. I like (eating/to eat/<eating/to eat>) pizza.
    9. I would like (to travel/traveling/<to travel/traveling>) back in time and meet my great grandparents.
    10. It’s so hot in here! I’d like (<being/to be>/to be/being) sitting in my swimming pool right now.

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Answers:

Exercise 1: 

  1. Reading
  2. Seeing
  3. Working
  4. To speak
  5. Helping
  6. To talk
  7. Living
  8. Coming
  9. To study
  10. To help

Exercise 2: 

  1. Her complaining
  2. Us using
  3. Him taking
  4. Parking
  5. To make
  6. Smoking
  7. Him to arrive
  8. Me voting
  9. Him to stay
  10. Him reconfirming

Exercise 3: 

  1. To learn
  2. Learning
  3. To live
  4. To live/living
  5. living
  6. To take
  7. Taking
  8. Eating
  9. To travel
  10. To be

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