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 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 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

  20. alex 03/02/2022 at 6:16 pm -

    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

  21. Zdenda 04/04/2022 at 2:46 am -

    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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