Verb Patterns | Part III

Subject + verb + question word + infinitive

In this structure we use question word + infinitive as direct object.

Note that it is wrong to use 'What to do?' as a question. You must say 'What shall we do?' or 'What is to be done?'

The question word + infinitive can be changed into a noun clause.

Subject + verb + indirect object + question word + infinitive

Have (or get) + object + past participle

Getting something done by somebody else is expressed by the structure have (or get) + object + past participle.

The... the... with comparative adjectives

Comparison and contrast are expressed by the use of the ... the ... with comparative adjectives in parallel clauses. This structure is used to show proportionate increase or decrease.

Sections in this article

Tense rules - overview
The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
Correct use of the past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense
Tenses in subordinate clauses

See also

Adverb clauses
Adjective clauses
Noun clauses
Transformation of sentences

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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