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Nouns to verbs – an easy conversion!

Did you know that you can cut down many nouns in English that end in “-ation” to make a verb? This is useful because the noun form is the same as in French – so you can quickly learn a lot of verbs! Here are a few examples (and exceptions!):

communication – to communicate
demonstration – to demonstrate
articulation – to articulate
calculation – to calculate
penetration – to penetrate
stimulation – to stimulate
simulation – to simulate
location – to locate

annihilation – to annihilate
participation – to participate
dedication – to dedicate
hesitation – to hesitate
innovation – to innovate
animation – to animate
violation – to violate
irritation – to irritate

and here are a few exceptions:

information – to inform
consultation – to consult
examination – to examine

It’s also worth noting that every one of these verbs is regular, because they are Latinate words, and not Anglo-Saxon.

Gérondif ou infinitif après le verbe?

On me demande souvent d’expliquer l’usage des verbes avec ‘ing’ et des infinifs. Le mot “gerund” en anglais n’est pas exactement la même chose que “gérondif” en français. Le gérund est plutôt un nom et non pas un verbe. On l’utilise quand on veut parler d’une action. Certains verbes sont systematiquement suivis par un “gerund”, d’autres par un infinif. Voici un petit quiz: essayez-le, puis, téléchargez la liste sur PDF pour référence!
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He admitted _________the money



I can't stand_________ for my compute to boot up, it's so slow



What have you decided __________?



The suspect denied _________ any contact with the victim



The buyers wouldn't agree _________ the contract until we modified it



I took it back to the shop, but they refused ________ me my money back



After a few weeks, Jeremy gave up _________ Chinese



Finally, we chose ________ a netbook



The project involved ________ questions to thousands of people



The government will have to keep on ________ spending cuts to pay off its debts





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Quelques liens utiles:

list of verbs followed by gerunds and infinitives

Using “-ing” words

The verb ‘stop’ with gerunds and infinitives

“Used to” The difference between ‘I used to do’ and ‘I’m used to doing’ (oui, c’est moi dans la troisième vidéo!)

La liste des verbes à utiliser avec des ‘ing’ ou des infinitives sur PDF

have to, don’t have to, modal auxiliaries

something very difficult to master in English, especially for French speakers, is the concept of modal verbs.

must / have to

These two express obligation. Is there a difference between the two?
While most English speakers use either for any situation, it can be said that ‘must’ is used for a

moral or a internal obligation:

I must call my mother tonight

you must come and have dinner with us

‘Have to’ can be used for external obligations, things that we might not necessarily agree with:

I have to pay my car insurance

You have to go to work on Sunday