Reporting verbs

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Verbs which can be used in each way

VERB +

gerund/infinitive/clause

decide agree offer promise refuse threaten

e.g. What made you decide

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infinitive with to

to get married?

ask advise encourage invite order recommend

remind tell warn

e.g. I must ask

object

 

you

infinitive with to

 

to be quiet.

say admit advise agree decide deny

explain insist recommend suggest

e.g. I said

(that)

 

that

clause

 

I would like to teach English.

tell agree with remind advise

e.g. He told

object + (that)

me that

clause

he was a farmer.

admit deny recommend

e.g. The Vice President admitted

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gerund

taking bribes.

insist on apologise for

e.g. He insisted

preposition

on

gerund

paying for the meal.

accuse of blame for congratulate on

e.g. The French accuse

object +preposition

us of

gerund

being reserved.

The verbs and categories are taken from First Certificate Gold by Richard Acklam (Longman)