Verb patterns – pre-intermediate

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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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Sasoun

    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

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

  3. azyza

    I wanna say two words : excuse 4 share..

  4. luis

    Good job guys….it really helps me

  5. santhosh

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

  6. Zdenda

    Read the map from the top clockwise.

  7. Zdenda

    I am glad that you find it useful.

  8. Zdenda

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

  9. Zdenda

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

  10. Ai Linh

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

  11. Najmul Hossain

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

  12. Atta amin

    it was really good and informative

  13. chin teacher

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

  14. badr

    thank yuo very much its useful lesson

  15. Yavuz

    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

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

  17. Zdenda

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

  18. alex

    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

  19. Zdenda

    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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