Gerund vs Infinitive: English Grammar Exercise

One of the hardest concepts for someone learning English as a foreign language is how to form verbs and what structures to use with them. Today we will tackle when to use the gerund and when to use the infinitive after a specific verb. Unfortunately, this is one of the classic exceptions in the English language where there is no specific rule to follow, which means you have even more reason to practice as much as possible! So here’s a brief explanation of some of the primary verbs that deal with the gerund vs. the infinitive:

So, with that explanation in mind, how about we put your skills to the test and try out one of our latest quizzes? Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan is always concocting something new in their laboratory to give you the best in English language learning, and today’s English quiz is no exception. Give it a try and see what score you can get!

Verbs + Gerund/Infinitive

Use your best English language skills to complete the following quiz.

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First Certificate in English: SPEAKING

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L’esame orale del FCE è diviso in 4 parti e dura 14 minuti. Si svolge a coppie e gli studenti possono scegliere autonomamente il loro compagno!

Gli esaminatori sono due: uno fa le domande e l’altro ascolta le risposte.

Golden Rules

  1. Non smettere di parlare finché l’esaminatore ti comunica che il tuo turno è finito.
  2. Non hai capito la domanda? Non andare in panico, chiedi all’esaminatore di ripeterla – Would you mind repeating the question? Please could you repeat that? Could you say that again, please?
  3. Sei insicuro su come rispondere? Non aver paura, prendi tempo – I’ve never thought about that, but… / What a good question! / That’s an interesting question.
  4. Hai ancora del tempo? Fai un esempio – like / such as / for example / for instance

PARTE 1: Intervista (2 minuti)

L’esaminatore ti farà alcuni domande personali sulla tua vita di tutti giorni, la tua famiglia, i tuoi amici, il tempo libero, i viaggi e le vacanze, l’istruzione e il lavoro, l’intrattenimento, i tuoi progetti futuri e dove vivi.

Qui troverai una lista molto utile con le tipiche domande d’esame.

Consiglio fondamentale: Ricorda di spiegare il perché!

PARTE 2: Fotografie (4 minuti)

L’esaminatore ti darà due foto a colori e avrai un minuto per parlarne. Poi, l’esaminatore chiederà al tuo partner di commentare le stesse immagini solo per 30 secondi.

Consigli fondamentali:

  • Descrivi le foto parlando delle differenze e somiglianze e fornendo un’opinione personale
  • Ricorda di non interrompere il tuo compagno mentre sta parlando.

Lessico utile

Per descrivere brevemente una foto:

  • Cosa c’è nell’immagine? In the background/foreground I can see…
  • Cosa sta succedendo? It looks/seems like + noun
  • Qual è l’umore della persona? Subject + look/seem + adjective

Per confrontare due fotografie:

  • Cos’hanno in comune? Both pictures depict/show…
  • Cos’hanno di diverso? The main difference/contrast is… / In the first picture… whereas in the second picture…

Per fare delle supposizioni:

  • I bet…
  • My guess is that…
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if…
  • It’s (un)likely I imagine(that)

Per dare un’opinione personale:

Questo lessico è particolarmente utile per la seconda parte

  • This reminds me of…
  • I think I’d prefer to/rather
  • Personally, I…
  • If I had to choose, I would…
  • It’s very hard to say, but I would…

PARTE 3: Abilità di collaborazione (3 minuti)

L’esaminatore ti presenterà uno schema mentale con 1 domanda e 5 punti su cui discutere. Avrai circa 15 secondi per leggerla e poi 2 minuti per parlarne con il tuo compagno. Dopo 2 minuti, l’esaminatore ti fermerà e ti farà una domanda relativa alla tua discussione iniziale. Avrai un minuto per decidere cosa dire.

Consigli fondamentali:

  • Assicurati di rispondere alle domande e di motivare le tue risposte.
  • Non devi parlare di tutti e 5 gli argomenti della discussione.
  • Non aver paura di contraddire il tuo compagno.
  • Affronta il tuo compagno, dopotutto si tratta pur sempre di discussione.
  • Hai un minuto intero per prendere posizione, ricordati di fornire le motivazioni della tua scelta.

Lessico utile

Per iniziare:

  • Which one shall we start with?
  • What do you think about X?

Per cambiare argomento:

  • Shall we move onto X now?
  • What do you think about this?

Per terminare il tuo turno:

  • What do you think? / Do you agree?
  • Do you have anything to add?

Per interrompere:

  • Sorry to interrupt but…
  • Just a second…

Per esprimere il tuo assenso:

  • That’s a really good point. I fully agree.
  • That’s just what I was thinking.
  • I couldn’t agree more.

Per esprimere il tuo disaccordo (illustrando le motivazioni):

  • Maybe… but what about?
  • I think it would be better to…
  • I’m not so keen on that.
  • I don’t really agree with you there.

PARTE 4: Discussione (4 minuti)

L’esaminatore ti farà altre domande relative all’argomento della parte 3. Come nella parte precedente, dovrai rispondere alle domande del tuo compagno così come chiedergli la sua opinione.

Consiglio fondamentale: guarda il tuo esaminatore quando ti pone le domande ma affronta il tuo compagno quando gli parli.

Lessico utile

Motivare la tua opinione:

  • Just as importantly
  • There’s also the fact that…
  • Another thing is that…
  • Therefore…
  • Although… / Even though…
  • Instead of…
  • As well as that…
  • Nevertheless…

Domanda esempio: Do you have a lot of time to spend to have good holidays?

In my opinion, holidays are all about spending quality time with people you get on well with. Therefore, I don’t think that you have to spend a lot to have a good holiday. Although, sometimes it is easier to spend more and choose a really nice hotel that is all-inclusive instead of having to worry about cooking. Another thing is that if you want to go somewhere further away from home then you do generally have to spend more money. Nevertheless, I prefer to spend less on my holidays so that I can travel more often. What do you think?

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Royal Baby Born – English Reading Exercise

On 6th May, 2019 Megan Markle, after a long, anticipated wait, gave birth to a baby boy: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child. He was born at 05:26 (BST) and weighed 7lbs 3oz. Huge crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace to welcome baby Archie into the world!

Interestingly, Prince Harry and Megan have broken the mould by choosing non-traditionally royal names to name their bouncing baby boy. The name Archie means “brave” and some sources have been quick to point out that it is a very close anagram of ‘Rachel,’ Megan’s first name. Harrison, originally used as a surname, actually means “son of Harry.” Mountbatten-Windsor is the surname created in 1960 to combine the surnames of the Queen and Prince Philip when they got married. Altogether, creating a truly unique name.

You may have already noticed that baby Archie doesn’t have an official royal title. By royal decree, only the children and grandchildren of a monarch can have a royal title. The Queen made an exception and broke this rule by giving William and Kate’s three children royal titles! Archie will therefore simply be Master. This means he will lead a privileged life but not be bound by royal duties like his cousins.

You may be wondering, if Master Archie will ever be King! Succession to the British throne is by direct bloodline, making baby Archie currently 7th in-line to the throne. After his father, his three cousins, Prince Luis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George respectively, his uncle Prince William and his grandfather Prince Charles. All after the Queen of course, who is the longest-reigning British monarch and has reigned for a whopping 67 years!

Do you know any other interesting facts about the British Royal Family? Write them in the comment box below!

Royal Baby: Vocabulary Quiz

Test your knowledge! Match the vocabulary from the article above with the definition.