Gerund Or Infinitive Quiz- Fill In The Correct Form

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You have read about gerund and infinitive verb forms in English Grammar. Try this 'Gerund or Infinitive Quiz' and choose the correct forms out of these two to complete the fill-in-the-blanks. A gerund is a form of the verb that is used as a noun and ends with the '-ing' form, whereas an infinitive is the basic form of a verb and is preceded by the word 'to.' Here, you have to complete the sentences with infinitive or gerund. Please note your answer should be in small letters, and extra spaces can deduct your marks.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  The owner of the house (householder) tried ________ (install) a burglar alarm into the house to detect burglars.

    Explanation
    The owner of the house attempted to install a burglar alarm in order to detect burglars.

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  • 2. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  I remember ________ (read) about that kidnapping case some years ago.

    Explanation
    The verb "remember" is followed by the gerund form of the verb, so the correct answer is "reading." This means that the person has a memory of the act of reading about the kidnapping case in the past.

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  • 3. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  I regret ________ (inform) you that your car tax has expired.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to inform" because the phrase "I regret" indicates that the speaker is expressing remorse or sadness about delivering the news. In this context, "to inform" is an infinitive form that follows the verb "regret" and expresses the purpose or intention of the speaker. Therefore, the sentence should be "I regret to inform you that your car tax has expired."

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  • 4. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  Selling my car will mean ________ (walk) home in the dark every night.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "walking". In this sentence, "selling my car" is the subject and "will mean" is the verb phrase. The phrase "walking home in the dark every night" is the complement of the verb "mean". It indicates the consequence or result of selling the car. Therefore, the correct form to use is the gerund "walking" as it functions as a noun in this context.

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  • 5. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  I’m sure Peter didn’t mean ________ (hurt) the little girl, he only pushed her.

    Explanation
    Peter didn't intend to hurt the little girl, he only pushed her. The phrase "to hurt" is used as an infinitive verb form in this context to show the purpose or intention behind Peter's actions. It indicates that hurting the little girl was not his intention, but rather an unintended consequence of his actions.

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  • 6. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  I wasn’t shoplifting, I just forgot ________ (pay) the scarf.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "paying". In this sentence, the speaker is explaining that they did not intend to shoplift, but rather they simply forgot to pay for the scarf. The verb "forgot" is followed by the gerund form of the verb "pay", indicating that the action of forgetting is related to the action of paying.

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  • 7. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  I regret not ________ (tell) the police about my suspicions.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "telling." In this sentence, the verb "regret" is followed by the phrase "not telling," indicating that the speaker feels remorse or disappointment for not informing the police about their suspicions. The gerund form of the verb "tell" is used here because it functions as the object of the preposition "regret."

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  • 8. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund.  Although he’d been arrested for drunk driving he continued ________ (drink and drive) just the same.

    Explanation
    The sentence is describing the actions of a person who was arrested for drunk driving, but despite that, they continued to drink and drive. The phrase "drinking and driving" is used as a gerund in this context to indicate the ongoing action of drinking alcohol and operating a vehicle.

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  • 9. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund. I like ________ (keep) an eye on my neighbours’ houses when they are away.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to keep". In this sentence, the phrase "to keep" is used to express the purpose or intention of the speaker. The speaker enjoys the act of keeping an eye on their neighbors' houses when they are away. The infinitive form "to keep" is used to indicate this purpose or intention.

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  • 10. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund. The policeman talked about robbery in general and then he went on ________ (talk) about the sentence.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to talk" because it follows the phrase "he went on," indicating that the policeman continued or proceeded with his discussion. The use of the infinitive form "to talk" suggests that he continued to discuss the sentence after talking about robbery in general.

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  • 11. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund. I was mugged as I stopped ________ (do up) my shoelace.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to do up". In this sentence, "do up" is used as a phrasal verb, meaning to fasten or secure something. The person was mugged because they stopped to fasten their shoelace, making them an easy target for the thief. The use of the infinitive form "to do up" is appropriate here because it follows the verb "stopped".

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  • 12. 

    Complete with infinitive or gerund. Susan tried ________ (run)after the pickpocketer but, although she’s a good runner, she couldn’t catch him.

    Explanation
    Susan tried to run after the pickpocketer but, although she’s a good runner, she couldn’t catch him. This means that Susan attempted to chase the pickpocketer by running, but despite her ability to run well, she was unable to catch him.

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