Gerunds and Infinitives Exercise 2

Fill in each blank with the idiomatically correct choice according to American English: an infinitive, a gerund, or a preposition + a gerund. For questions with more than one correct answer, the answer choice boxes are square instead of round.

Gerunds are present participles (verbs with an “-ing” suffix) acting as nouns. Sometimes they have to be used with prepositions, including “to.”

Infinitives are formed by adding “to” before the base form of a verb. (In this case, “to” is not a preposition.)

1. Superman decided to give up (1) _____ after the other members of the Justice League forced him (2) _____ outside in the rain.


2. He objected (1) _____ treated that way, but Cyborg told him (2) _____ being so inconsiderate.


3. “But I’m Superman!” he whined. “You can’t prevent me _____ what I want to do!”


4. “If you’re so super, you should be able _____ anytime,” Cyborg said. “Are cigarettes stronger than you?”


5. “It will be my pleasure (1) _____,” replied Superman. “I will have the pleasure (2) _____ you admit that you were wrong.”


6. Cyborg promised (1) _____ him a new toy Batmobile if Superman succeeded (2) _____.


7. Superman insisted (1) _____ the new toy himself; he always took great pleasure (2) _____ to the toy store.


8. Superman could not help (1) _____ one last cigarette before giving up cigarettes forever. “There’s no harm (2) _____ just one.”