Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

I Still Believe ...


Artist: Mariah Carey

You look in my eyes
And I get emotional inside
I know it's crazy
But you still can touch my heart
And after all this time
You'd think that I
I wouldn't feel the same
But time melts into nothing
And nothing's changed

I still believe
Someday you and me
Will find ourselves in love again
I had a dream
Someday you and me
Will find ourselves in love again

Each day of my life
I'm filled with all the joy I could find
You know that I
I'm not the desperate type
If there's one spark of hope
Left in my grasp
I'll hold it with both hands
It's worth the risk of burning
To have a second chance

No, no, no, no, no, no I need you baby
I still believe that we can be together
If we believe that true love never has to end
Then we must know that we will love again.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Verbs followed by gerunds

Infinitive or -ing?

Sometimes we need to decide whether to use a verb in its:
  • -ing form (doing, singing)
  • infinitive form (to do, to sing).
For example, only one of the following sentences is correct. Which one?
  • I dislike working late. (???)
  • I dislike to work late. (???)
When to use the infinitive

The infinitive form is used after certain verbs:
- forget, help, learn, teach, train
- choose, expect, hope, need, offer, want, would like
- agree, encourage, pretend, promise
- allow, can/can't afford, decide, manage, mean, refuse
  • I forgot to close the window.
  • Mary needs to leave early.
  • Why are they encouraged to learn English?
  • We can't afford to take a long holiday.
The infinitive form is always used after adjectives, for example:
- disappointed, glad, happy, pleased, relieved, sad, surprised
  • I was happy to help them.
  • She will be delighted to see you.
This includes too + adjective:
  • The water was too cold to swim in.
  • Is your coffee too hot to drink?
The infinitive form is used after adjective + enough:
  • He was strong enough to lift it.
  • She is rich enough to buy two.
When to use -ing

The -ing form is used when the word is the subject of a sentence or clause:
  • Swimming is good exercise.
  • Doctors say that smoking is bad for you.
The -ing form is used after a preposition:
  • I look forward to meeting you.
  • They left without saying "Goodbye."
The -ing form is used after certain verbs:
- avoid, dislike, enjoy, finish, give up, mind/not mind, practise
  • I dislike getting up early.
  • Would you mind opening the window?