Verb Patterns Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: L.6.3b
If you often find the need to use two verbs together in same phrase or sentence. The method in which the second verb is used is referred to as the verb pattern. The second verb is often dependent on the use and form of the first verb to dictate how it should be used, but the opposite can also be true in some rare situations. In most cases the second verb will be followed by -ing and when that happens the (to) infinitive proceeds the first verb. These worksheets help students recognize and use verb patterns to their advantage when forming sentences.
Verb Patterns Worksheets:
Which Is It? –
Complete the sentences below with a gerund or an infinitive. Use
the clues in parentheses.
Use each verb in a sentence with the verb
"go." Write each into the correct pattern group. Follow the
Verb Patterns –
Read each pair of sentences. Indicate whether or not
changing the verb pattern in the sentence changes the meaning of
Verb Patterns –
Put the verb in parentheses in the right form: infinitive or gerund.
To Do or Doing? –
Finish each sentence using a form of
would like (to do) or like (doing).
Complete It –
Choose the correct verb pattern to complete each sentence.
An Apple –
Write two sentences for each verb. Each of the two sentences
should convey a different meaning by using different verb patterns.
Finish It Off –
Look at each verb. Is it usually followed by an infinitive or a
gerund? Circle the correct answer.
Correct Form –
Write a sentence using each verb. Use the correct verb pattern. If
the verb can take both the gerund and the infinitive, write two
What Are Verb Patterns
Sometimes in the English language, we have to follow a certain sentence structure that contains two or more verbs. To combine different verbs, we have to follow verb patterns. The verb patterns depend on which verb will come first in the sentence. Here are some common verb patterns.
Verb + Infinitive
The first verb pattern is when the verb is joined with a full infinitive. The infinitive that is used is "to".
Verb + to infinitive
I want to drink coffee.
If you happen to go there, please bring my jacket.
It's getting dark, I ought to go now.
She is going to the mall.
She began to lose control.
I hope to leave tomorrow.
He did not mean to hurt you.
I swear to God it wasn't me.
They tried to convince him.
Verb + Bare Infinitive
The next verb pattern is when we use the bare infinitive with the verb. Here is the pattern,
Verb + Object + Bare Infinitive
I could feel her watching me.
I made him leave.
She let herself in.
Verb + Gerund
This verb pattern happens when you combine a verb with a gerund. A gerund is a verb that ends with "ing".
Verb + Gerund
I went swimming in the morning.
I love running at night when it is quite.
I dislike eating in the evening.
She mentioned going to some mall.
Let me finish eating.
I feel like getting a shower.
Don't risk losing your job.
I practice dancing every day.
Verb + Gerund or Infinitive
Sometimes you have the choice to choose between a gerund or an infinitive. For example,
I like dancing
I like to dance
She loves singing
She loves to sing
I love lying on my bed with a good book to read
I love to lie on my bed with a good book to read