Gerunds And Infinitives + Parallel Structure Practice

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Take this 30-minute quiz and see how well you manage gerunds and infinitive forms.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The committee  recommended _________________a break from the meeting and resuming it after lunch.  

    • A.

      take

    • B.

      Taking

    • C.

      To take

    Correct Answer
    B. Taking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "taking". In this sentence, the word "recommended" is followed by a verb, indicating that the committee is suggesting an action. The verb should be in the gerund form, which is "taking". This form is used to indicate that the action is ongoing or continuous. Therefore, the committee is suggesting that the participants take a break from the meeting and continue it after lunch.

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  • 2. 

    In addition to being a successful mother, actress, and a  ________________, Thelma is the president of her own company.                

    • A.

      She writes

    • B.

      Writer

    • C.

      To write

    Correct Answer
    B. Writer
    Explanation
    Thelma is described as a successful mother, actress, and writer. This means that in addition to her roles as a mother and actress, she also pursues a career as a writer. Furthermore, Thelma is also the president of her own company, indicating that she is a multi-talented individual who has achieved success in various areas of her life.

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  • 3. 

    Please don't hesitate ____________ me if you require further information.         

    • A.

      E-mail

    • B.

      To e-mail

    • C.

      E-mailing

    Correct Answer
    B. To e-mail
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to e-mail". This is the correct phrase to use when asking someone not to hesitate in contacting the person via e-mail if they require further information.

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  • 4. 

    Automobile accidents are far more frequent than _____________

    • A.

      having an accident in an airplane.

    • B.

      Airplanes have accidents.

    • C.

      airplane accidents.

    Correct Answer
    C. airplane accidents.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "airplane accidents." This is because the question is comparing the frequency of automobile accidents to the frequency of airplane accidents. The word "more" suggests that the speaker is looking for a term that describes accidents in airplanes. Therefore, "airplane accidents" is the appropriate phrase to complete the sentence.

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  • 5. 

    He regretted _________________ his treasured book collection to a friend who sold them at a pawn shop.      

    • A.

      Give

    • B.

      Giving

    • C.

      To give

    Correct Answer
    B. Giving
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "giving". The sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the regret occurred after the action of giving the book collection to a friend. The word "regretted" suggests that the speaker feels remorse or sadness about their decision to give away their treasured book collection.

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  • 6. 

    Although your recipe for bread ____________, the bread made with my recipe is as good as yours.  

    • A.

      takes longer than my bread

    • B.

      it takes longer than mine

    • C.

      takes longer than my recipe

    Correct Answer
    C. takes longer than my recipe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "takes longer than my recipe". This answer completes the sentence and maintains the parallel structure by comparing the time it takes for the bread to be made using the speaker's recipe to the time it takes for the bread to be made using the other person's recipe.

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  • 7. 

    Too much stress can cause sleeplessness, depression, and _____________________.  

    • A.

      Lack of appetite

    • B.

      you don't want to eat

    • C.

      lack of appetite is caused

    Correct Answer
    A. Lack of appetite
    Explanation
    Too much stress can cause sleeplessness, depression, and a lack of appetite. Stress can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to insomnia, which can further contribute to feelings of depression. Additionally, stress can affect appetite and lead to a decrease in hunger or interest in food, resulting in a lack of appetite.

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  • 8. 

    If you care ___________ the apartment again, please give me a call.  

    • A.

      Seeing

    • B.

      See

    • C.

      To see

    Correct Answer
    C. To see
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to see" because it is the appropriate phrase to use in this context. The sentence is expressing a request for the person to contact the speaker if they have any intention or interest in seeing the apartment again. The phrase "to see" indicates the purpose or reason for the call, which is to arrange another visit to the apartment.

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  • 9. 

    If you don't hand your assignment on time, you risk __________________ a lower grade.  

    • A.

      To receive

    • B.

      Receiving

    • C.

      Receive

    Correct Answer
    B. Receiving
    Explanation
    If you don't hand your assignment on time, you risk receiving a lower grade. This means that if you fail to submit your assignment by the designated deadline, there is a possibility that you will be given a lower grade as a consequence.

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  • 10. 

      Elizabeth claims __________ the president of the company.  

    • A.

      Knows

    • B.

      Knowing

    • C.

      To know

    Correct Answer
    C. To know
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to know" because it correctly completes the sentence structure "Elizabeth claims [subject] [verb] the president of the company." In this case, "to know" is the infinitive form of the verb that is needed to complete the sentence grammatically.

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  • 11. 

    The adviser  suggested ___________ to the library to get documentary.            

    • A.

      Go

    • B.

      To go

    • C.

      Going

    Correct Answer
    C. Going
    Explanation
    The adviser suggested "going" to the library to get a documentary. This implies that the adviser is recommending that someone physically go to the library in order to obtain a documentary.

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  • 12. 

    What expression/word  needs TO BE CHANGED in the next statement for it to be correct?        Empathy includes  sentiments of sympathy, compassionate, and pity.

    • A.

      Of sympathy

    • B.

      Compassionate

    • C.

      This statement is correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. Compassionate
    Explanation
    The word "compassionate" needs to be changed in the next statement for it to be correct.

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  • 13. 

    What expression/word  needs TO BE CHANGED in the next statement for it to be correct?         My legs are longer than yours, which makes running and to jump easier for me than they are for you.      

    • A.

      to jump

    • B.

      they are for you

    • C.

      This statement is correct.

    Correct Answer
    A. to jump
    Explanation
    The word "to" needs to be changed in the next statement for it to be correct.

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  • 14. 

    What expression/word  needs TO BE CHANGED in the next statement for it to be correct?       Food can pick up microbes during processing, to package, transportation, storage or preparation.

    • A.

      Processing

    • B.

      To package

    • C.

      This statement is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. To package
    Explanation
    The word "to" needs to be changed to "through" in the next statement for it to be correct.

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  • 15. 

    What expression needs TO BE CHANGED in the next statement for it to be correct?                    How to pronounce English is more difficult than reading it.    

    • A.

      Reading it

    • B.

      How to pronounce English

    • C.

      This statement is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. How to pronounce English
    Explanation
    The expression "How to pronounce English" needs to be changed in the next statement for it to be correct.

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  • 16. 

    They don't allow us _________________(plagiarize )  any of our assignments.

    Correct Answer
    to plagiarize
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to plagiarize." This means that the person or organization does not permit or allow us to copy or use someone else's work without giving them credit.

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  • 17. 

    Since he never replied my letters, I stopped ____________(mail) them.                            

    Correct Answer
    mailing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "mailing". The sentence suggests that the person stopped sending letters because the recipient never replied to them. The verb "mailing" is the gerund form of the verb "mail", which means to send letters or packages through the postal system. Therefore, the word "mailing" fits logically in the sentence as it conveys the action of sending letters.

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  • 18. 

    The patient doesn’t  remember ________________ (see) his family last night.                            

    Correct Answer
    Seeing
    Explanation
    The patient doesn't remember seeing his family last night.

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  • 19. 

    You must remember __________ (mix ) all the ingredients thoroughly if you want a nice and consistent dough .

    Correct Answer
    to mix
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "to mix". This answer is appropriate because it completes the sentence and fits grammatically and contextually. The sentence is discussing the importance of thoroughly mixing all the ingredients to achieve a nice and consistent dough. Therefore, "to mix" is the correct verb choice in this context.

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  • 20. 

    Joe forgot ______________(lock) the door last night.

    Correct Answer
    to lock
    Explanation
    Joe forgot to lock the door last night. The correct answer is "to lock" because it completes the sentence by indicating the action that Joe forgot to do. The phrase "to lock" is the infinitive form of the verb "lock" and is used to show purpose or intention. In this case, it shows that Joe intended or should have locked the door, but he forgot to do so.

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  • 21. 

    Authorities permit ____________(sell) foreigners goods in open markets.

    Correct Answer
    selling
    Explanation
    The authorities permit selling foreigners goods in open markets.

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  • 22. 

    They don’t permit tourists ___________________ (take) pictures in the museum.

    Correct Answer
    to take
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to take". The verb "permit" is followed by the infinitive form of the verb, so in this case, it should be "to take". This means that tourists are not allowed to take pictures in the museum.

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  • 23. 

    It’s difficult for pessimists to avoid ___________(think) that future holds no hope.                                        

    • A.

      thinking

    • B.

      to think

    • C.

      think

    Correct Answer
    A. thinking
    Explanation
    Pessimists tend to have a negative outlook on life and often believe that the future holds no hope. Therefore, it is difficult for them to avoid thinking that the future holds no hope.

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  • 24. 

    What expression needs TO BE CHANGED in the next statement for it to be correct?         Reading a good book can be as much fun as when you watch a movie.                    

    • A.

      Reading a book

    • B.

      when you watch a movie

    • C.

      watch a movie

    Correct Answer
    B. when you watch a movie
    Explanation
    The expression "when you watch a movie" needs to be changed in the next statement for it to be correct.

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  • 25. 

    What expression needs TO BE CHANGED in the next statement for it to be correct?    There are dishes to do, floors to mop and that garbage should be emptied.                                              

    • A.

      dishes to do

    • B.

      floors to mop

    • C.

      That garbage should be emptied

    Correct Answer
    C. That garbage should be emptied
    Explanation
    The expression "that garbage should be emptied" needs to be changed in the next statement for it to be correct.

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