Focus on language
Let’s practise some more language for developing learners’ creative thinking skills.
The examples we’ve seen so far have either to + infinitive or verb + -ing after the main verb. For example,
How would you persuade the government to stop the decline of biodiversity?
Think of different ways of presenting your research on the ozone layer.
Read the following questions and commands. Decide which verb pattern follows each verb: to + infinitive or verb + -ing.
1. How could you continue (add) _____ numbers to this sequence of negative numbers?
2. Think of ways you could start (design) _____ a geometrical pattern.
3. Imagine (build) _____ one of the Egyptian pyramids. Which job would you choose to do and why?
4. Which visual organiser would you consider (create) _____ to make notes about the management structure of the company?
5. In your group, discuss the question about the use of alternative energy then agree (carry out) _____ your research in at least two different ways.
6. How do you think you could try (approach) _____ this maths problem?
7. Think about the links you intend (make) _____ between land use in different cities.
You can check the answers in the downloads section. Click here for some further information about verbs followed by verb + - ing or to + infinitive.
How did you learn when to use the infinitive or gerund (verb + - ing)? What advice would you give to others learning now? Write your answers to these questions in the comments section.
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