Different verbs can be followed by different kinds of word and structure. Some verbs can be followed by infinitives with or without to; some verbs can be followed by –ing forms; some by past participles; and some by clauses.
Many verbs can be followed by two or more of these structures. There is usually a difference of meaning.
Study the following sentences
- She seems to have a problem. (NOT She seems having a problem. Seem cannot be followed by a to-infinitive.)
- I must stop smoking. (NOT I must stop to smoke.)
- I got my car stolen twice last year. (NOT I got my car stealing…)
- I suggest consulting a specialist. OR I suggest that we consult a specialist. (NOT I suggest to consult a specialist.)
Many verbs can be followed by an object as well as a verb structure.
- We all want you to be happy.
- I must get the clock repaired.
Verb + object + complement
Some transitive verbs are followed by an object together with an expression that gives more information about the object.
- She makes me nervous.
- We thought him to be a fool.
- She decided to paint her house pink.