Verb patterns – pre-intermediate

Posted on Dec 13 2013 - 4:19pm by Zdenda

My pre-intermediate students are confused by all the different verb patterns. So the last two weeks I spent designing a mind map that would help them. It is in no way a comprehensive description of the grammar, but I feel quite happy about it. Looking for some rules I discovered that the pattern verb + to + verb is much more common than verb + verb-ing.
So my advice to my students is: “If in doubt, use TO + verb.” I hope this mind map will help you understand the verb patterns too.


Verb patterns

To practise the verb patterns you can try two games.

Verb patterns – Penalty
Verb patterns – En Garde

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19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sasoun 14/12/2013 at 2:02 pm -

    Nice map but could you please explain what you mean by: He was so good to do it? Is it like, He was so good at it?

  2. azyza 14/12/2013 at 2:41 pm -

    it is good for teaching verb, can i share it..?

  3. azyza 14/12/2013 at 2:59 pm -

    I wanna say two words : excuse 4 share..

  4. luis 14/12/2013 at 4:43 pm -

    Good job guys….it really helps me

  5. santhosh 14/12/2013 at 6:47 pm -

    sir, i did not understand the above procedure.. will u please explain abot that mind mapping?

  6. Zdenda 15/12/2013 at 3:34 am -

    Read the map from the top clockwise.

  7. Zdenda 15/12/2013 at 3:35 am -

    I am glad that you find it useful.

  8. Zdenda 15/12/2013 at 3:36 am -

    No problem. It is here to be shared and used. I am glad that you like it.

  9. Zdenda 15/12/2013 at 3:37 am -

    For example, I needed some help and he was so good to do it.

  10. Ai Linh 15/12/2013 at 4:04 am -

    It really like this, i will teach my children
    Thank you

  11. Najmul Hossain 15/12/2013 at 5:40 am -

    It will be very helpful for my younger brother. Thanks.

  12. Atta amin 15/12/2013 at 9:26 am -

    it was really good and informative

  13. chin teacher 15/12/2013 at 10:15 am -

    It ‘s very nice for me and my students. Thanks.

  14. badr 15/12/2013 at 11:51 am -

    thank yuo very much its useful lesson

  15. Yavuz 22/12/2013 at 5:01 pm -

    First of all, thank you very much for your clues in learning English.
    I’ve understood (I hope I haven’t misunderstood)that we should use ”prefer + verb +ing” in ”feelings” but we should use ”prefer + to + verb” in ”willings”.

  16. devi 23/12/2013 at 6:26 am -

    could u tell me how to get mind map software?it’s interesting to design material.

  17. Zdenda 27/12/2013 at 7:47 am -

    I use Maple mind which is free. However, there are many different programmes eg. iMindMap, Inspiration or MindMeister.

  18. como ganhar dinheiro 06/01/2014 at 12:06 am -

    congratulations for the excellent text

  19. como ganhar dinheiro 11/01/2014 at 9:08 am -

    congratulations all for the excellent text – very good

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