Verb patterns – pre-intermediate

Verb patterns

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 the following games.

The first game is called Penalty Shootout. Your task is to choose the correct answer and then score a goal. To be able to play the game, you need to download the file and then open it in Acrobat Reader by Adobe.

To practise the verb patterns you can play the following game. Its name is En Garde. Your task is to choose the correct answer and then stop the target as close to the centre as possible. Hopefully, you will be faster and more accurate then your opponent. The game is in Flash and will play only if you download the file and open it in Acrobat Reader by Adobe.

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21 Comments on “Verb patterns – pre-intermediate”

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

  3. 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”.

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

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

  6. Hi! i found your work very useful!! can i ask you if you still have the map file? (with MapleMind extension?). If yes, could you share it? So I can edit it by adding more elements to help me memorize. Thank you

  7. I will have a look. It may take some time as my computer is full of files and I haven´t used MapleMinde for some time.

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