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Infinitive or -ing? (2)

(intermediate level)

Find the best answer(s):

  1

I've never enjoyed ____ the washing up.

doing
to do



  2

What I enjoy most in life is ____ in the shade with the Sunday paper.

lying
to lay
lie



  3

Dora dislikes ____ cakes but she always bakes one on Tony's birthday.

baking
to bake



  4

I think I'd ____ to have a glass of tomato juice now.

like
prefer
hate



  5

I wouldn't ____ to do that job if I were you.

like
dislike
hate
prefer



  6

What she dislikes most is ____ the floor in the kitchen.

scrubbing
to scrub



  7

Would you like ____ an ice-cream?

having
to have



  8

Would you mind ____ the room before you leave?

airing
to air



  9

Do you like ____ your clothes washed at the cleaner's? It's so expensive.

having
to have



10

Was it difficult ____ your old dish-washer? Did it work at all?

selling
to sell



11

____ lottery tickets is not a very exciting job.

selling
to sell



12

It wasn't easy ____ the plumber to replace our old kitchen sink.

persuading
to persuade



13

However hard she tried she couldn't persuade her boss ____ her another day off.

giving
to give



14

Do you hope ____ to finish typing all those letters in an hour?

managing
to manage



15

I hope ____ you soon.

seeing
to see



16

I've never managed ____ at the meeting on time.

arriving
to arrive



17

Let's stop ____ for a moment.

talking
to talk



18

You're upsetting me with your stupid stories. Please stop ____ nonsense.

talking
to talk



19

They had been painting the walls for two hours when they stopped ____ a drink.

having
to have



20

I look forward ____ from you soon.

hearing
to hearing
to hear



21

Dora and Tony went to Paris ____ French.

to learn
for learning



22

I think your boss wants you ____ how they use computers in teaching languages.

studying
to study
study



23

I'm sorry but I don't see what you mean ____ . Couldn't you explain it to me?

saying
to say
when you say



24

Sheila said she meant ____ with us for a fortnight.

staying
to stay



25

We missed the last bus and this meant ____ home on foot.

going
to go
us to go



26

This man says he remembers ____ you steal the old lady's umbrella.

seeing
to see
to have seen



27

Please remember ____ the dog for a walk before you set off to work.

taking
to take



28

She said she knew me but I couldn't remember ____ her before.

seeing
to see
to have seen
that I saw



29

Mrs Tuck sent the delivery boy for some coconuts but she forgot ____ him money.

giving
to give



30

I wonder how you could forget ____ that diamond ring to aunt Lucy.

giving
to give



31

She said she couldn't forget ____ that terrible play the night before.

seeing
to see
to have seen



32

Tony and Dora can't ____ to have a party next Sunday.

afford
arrange
agree



33

The director ____ to employ another prompter in case Mr Whiskers got ill.

suggested
didn't mind
couldn't afford



34

Walking home from the theatre the girls ____ having a drink at a snack bar.

suggested
couldn't resist
didn't mind



35

Tony suggested ____ a taxi but Dora preferred ____ .

to take - to walk
taking - to walk
to take - walking



36

How long do you intend ____ working for this company?

going on
to go on



37

Do you think we should go on ____ the floor or shall we stop where we are?

polishing
to polish



38

The manager welcomed the new secretary and then went on ____ him the office.

showing
to show



39

I regret ____ you that we can't accept your job application at present.

informing
to inform



40

Do you regret ____ Mr Whiskers that he would be fired the following day?

telling
to tell



41

Was the editor interested ____ your article on the language of birds?

in reading
to read



42

I can't understand why they don't allow us ____ in this street.

parking
to park



43

I can't understand why they don't allow ____ in this street.

parking
to park



44

I wouldn't advise the boss ____ Jenkins before we have found a new welder.

sacking
firing
to sack
to fire



45

All the crew advised ____ for a new boatswain but the captain didn't agree.

looking
to look



46

He began ____ his second opera before last Christmas.

composing
to compose



47

Mother was beginning ____ anxious when Susy said she would marry a sailor.

getting
to get



48

Start ____ a bit harder if you want to finish this job in a week.

working
to work



49

When he threw the third stone at me I started ____ that he wasn't my friend.

realising
to realise



50

I think the grass needs ____ . Shall I call the gardener?

cutting
to be cut

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