More Verb Patterns

Which of the following sentences are right?  Correct those that are wrong.


 1. A: He recommended us to take the train there.
     B: I wouldn't recommend eating there.
     C: I bought this mobile after a friend recommended it to me.
     D: Doctors recommend that we do thirty minutes of exercise every day.


 2. A: We would like that you come with us.
     B: I wouldn't mind to see his latest film.
     C: Would you prefer sitting outside?
     D: I'd much rather stay in bed than go to work today.


 3. A: She denied lying on her CV.
     B: They denied that they had broken any rules.
     C: He denied to have cheated in the exam.
     D: I refuse to fly with British Airways ever again. 
     

 4. A: Remind me to phone her tomorrow.
     B: Passengers are reminded that smoking is not permitted during the flight.
     C: Did you remember to lock the door?
     D: I don't remember seeing her at the party.
     E: I forgot to thank her for the flowers.


 5. A: She apologised me for arriving late.
     B: He couldn't forgive her for cheating on him.
     C: Don't blame me for missing the flight.
     D: My friends congratulated me for passing my test.
     E: They complained for having to work so late.
     

 6. A: You should consider to change job.
     B: Can you imagine to live there?
     C: My colleague asked to help him.
     D: I've promised to give her a lift home.


 7. A: We regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the position.
     B: I regret not telling you sooner.
     C: Try to think where you saw it last.
     D: I have tried calling her but she never answers.


 8. A: Did you let her to go with you?
     B: You are not allowed to talk during the exam.
     C: Tim's father made him to say sorry to his teacher,
     D: My teacher told me not to worry.




Comments

José said…
Hi Graham,



In my opinion, about the number 1, letters A, B and D are right, but the letter C would be:

I bought this mobile after a friend recommending it to me.



Number 2, letters A, B and C are wrong, I think they would be:



A: We would like you to come with us.

B: I wouldn't mind seeing his latest film.

C: Would you prefer to sit outside?



The letter D is correct.



Number 3, letters A, B and D are correct, but the letter C could be:



He denied having to cheat in the exam.



Number 4, I don’t know where the mistake is. In my opinion all are correct.



Number 5, I tell you the same that at the previous number, it may be a lot of mistakes but I don’t find them.



Number 6, in my opinion, letters A and B are wrong. They would be:



A: You should consider changing job.

B: Can you imagine living there?



Letters C and D seem correct.



Number 7, the first two letters are right, but letters C and D should be:



C: Try thinking where you saw it last.

D: I have tried to call her but she never answers.



Number 8, letters A, B and C are wrong. They could be:



A: Did you let her go with you?

B: You are not allowed talking during the exam.

C: Tim's father made him say sorry to his teacher.



The last letter D is correct.



See you



P. S. Couldn’t Her Majesty’s Government regulate this topic that is very difficult to foreign students? It’s desperately complicated.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham

1. B and C are correct.
He recommended us to taking the train there.
Doctors recommend doing thirty minutes of exercise every day.

2.B and C are correct.
We would like that you coming with us.
I'd much rather stay in ben than to go to work today.

3.A,C and D are correct.
She denied having cheating on the exam.

4. A,C,D and E are correct.
Passengers are reminded that smoke is not permitted during the flight.

5.B,C,D and E are correct.
She apologised me to arrive late.

6.In my opinion all answer are ok.

7. A and C are correct.
B: I regret not to tell you sooner.
I have tried to call her her but she never answers.

8. B,C and D are correct.

Did you let her going with you?




Graham said…
Hi José,

This isn't an easy exercise but you are well on your way to mastering verb patterns.

Remember you don't use "the" before numbers or letters.



1. B, C and D are correct.
recommend + verbING
recommend that + subject + verb
C (after doING / after I did)



2. Well done!



3. Only C is wrong.

"He denied having to cheat in the exam" is not the same as "He denied having cheated"



4. Well done!



5. A: She apologised (to me) for arriving late.
D: My friends congratulated me on passing my test.
E: They complained about having to work so late.



6. C is also wrong.
My colleague asked me to help him.



7. You are right about A and B. Try is a difficult one. C and D are also correct.



8. You are right about A, C and D.

B is correct.
Talking isn't allowed / You aren't allowed to talk.
Graham said…
Hi María José,

Nice to see you using the blog. I hope it's not a case of your first and last comment.


1. B and C are correct. (D is also correct)
He recommended taking the train / He recommended that we take...



2. Only D is correct.
A: We would like you to come with us.
B: I wouldn't mind seeing ...
C: Would you prefer to sit outside?



3. A,C and D are correct.
She denied having cheated in the exam.



4. A,C,D and E are correct.
Actually, B is also correct.



5. Only B and C are correct.
A: She apologised (to me) for arriving late.
D: My friends congratulated me on passing my test.
E: The complained about having to work so late.



6. Only D is right.
A: You should consider changing job.
B: Can you imagine living there?
C: My colleague asked me to help him.



7. A, B, C and D are correct.



8. B and D are correct.
A: Did you let her go with you?
C: Tim's father made him say sorry.



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