We have previously studied verb patterns (see previous post on gerunds and infinitives)
Today, we are going to focus on a structure that can cause some confusion:
|subject||verb||object||(not) to + infinitive|
|Marco’s mother||ordered||him||to get into||the car.|
|Elena||told||the children||not to touch||the glasses.|
With this structure, you are getting other people to do something for you. Have a look at the following examples to see the difference:
Edward wants to eat now — Edward wants us to eat now.
The following common verbs (among others) take this pattern:
|advise We advised him to take a break.||invite He invited me to visit.||remind He reminded me to get gas.|
|allow We allowed her to go out.||need We need him to help||tell She told me to bring a key.|
|ask She asked us to come along.||order They ordered us to leave.||want He wanted us to drive.|
|forbid They forbid us to smoke.||permit They permit us to stay.||warn They warned us to be careful.|
|force We forced them to think twice.||persuade He persuaded me to try.||would like I’d like you to be on time.|
Now, why don’t you try to rearrange these sentences to practice?