Grammar

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.

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.

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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