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Verb Patterns – Infinitives (with “to”)

VERBS FOLLOWED BY INFINITIVE WITH TO

Use this pattern with certain verbs and verb phrases including:

  • want: I want to schedule a meeting to discuss the new project.
  • need: We need to improve our customer service.
  • plan: The company plans to launch a new product line next quarter.
  • hope: I hope to secure a partnership with a major supplier. 
  • expect: We expect to receive the contract signed by the end of the week.
  • decide: The board of directors decided to invest in research and development.
  • promise: She promised to deliver the project proposal by Friday.
  • agree: We agreed to collaborate on the marketing campaign. 
  • aim: The team aims to achieve quarterly sales targets.
  • arrange: We will arrange to meet with the client next week.
  • intend: He intends to expand the business into new markets.
  • choose: We chose to outsource the IT services to streamline operations.
  • learn: I am learning to use the new software for data analysis.
  • manage: She managed to secure a substantial investment for the startup.
  • prepare: We are preparing to present the annual report to the shareholders.
  • would like: ​​We would like to express our interest in collaborating on the upcoming project.

VERBS FOLLOWED BY OBJECT + INFINITIVE WITH TO

Note that some verbs require an object.

  • allow: The manager allows employees to work from home occasionally.
  • ask: I asked my colleague to review my proposal before submitting it.
  • encourage: The supervisor encourages the team to take on new challenges. 
  • force: The company cannot force employees to work overtime without compensation.
  • tell: She told the team to prepare a detailed sales report.
  • remind: Please remind the staff to submit their timesheets by the end of the day. 
  • persuade: We persuaded the client to reconsider their pricing strategy. 
  • teach: The trainer teaches the new hires to use the CRM software effectively. 
  • invite: We invited the key stakeholders to attend the product launch event. 
  • remind: Don’t forget to remind the participants to RSVP for the workshop.

Notice how some verbs, such as: want, would like, expect and need, are followed either by infinitive with to or by object and infinitive with to:

  • I want to discuss the proposal with the team. 
  • I want the team to discuss the proposal. 
  • She would like to attend the conference. 
  • She would like her team to attend the conference. 
  • We expect to receive the payment by the end of the month. 
  • We expect the client to make the payment by the end of the month. 
  • They need to hire more employees to meet the growing demand. 
  • They need the HR department to hire more employees.