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.
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”
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?
it is good for teaching verb, can i share it..?
I wanna say two words : excuse 4 share..
Good job guys….it really helps me
sir, i did not understand the above procedure.. will u please explain abot that mind mapping?
Read the map from the top clockwise.
I am glad that you find it useful.
No problem. It is here to be shared and used. I am glad that you like it.
For example, I needed some help and he was so good to do it.
It really like this, i will teach my children
It will be very helpful for my younger brother. Thanks.
it was really good and informative
It ‘s very nice for me and my students. Thanks.
thank yuo very much its useful lesson
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”.
could u tell me how to get mind map software?it’s interesting to design material.
I use Maple mind which is free. However, there are many different programmes eg. iMindMap, Inspiration or MindMeister.
congratulations for the excellent text
congratulations all for the excellent text – very good
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
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.