In English, certain verbs are followed by an object and the base form of the verb (-to infinitive), while others take an object followed by the base form of the verb without “to.” Here are some examples of these verbs:
Verbs followed by an object + “to infinitive”:
- Want: The boss wanted them to work with little money.
- Advise: The new teacher advised me to study hard.
- Persuade: My wife persuaded me to go to Bodrum for the summer holiday.
- Allow: The boss allowed the workers to have a holiday for 15 days.
- Ask: The teacher asked me to finish this year’s annual work on time.
- Encourage: The Prime Minister encouraged his Ministry of Economy to reduce the rates.
- Order: The customer ordered the waiter to bring food urgently by using rude words.
- Need: The manager needed me to help him.
- Invite: My new colleague invited me to go to his house for discussing the new rules in the school.
- Remind: He reminded me to lock the door after leaving.
- Teach: His father taught his children to read.
- Warn: I warned him to treat us politely. Unfortunately, he didn’t change his manner towards us.
- Tell: Their mother told the children to sleep early.
Verbs followed by an object + base form without “to”:
- Hear: I didn’t hear you say “sorry.”
- Feel: Did you feel her touch your arm?
- Let: He didn’t let me do his homework.
- Make: The boss always makes them work hard.
- See: Have you seen the accident happen?
- Notice: I didn’t notice him come.
These examples illustrate how certain verbs take different constructions when followed by objects and the base form of the verb. Some take “-to infinitive,” while others do not require “to” before the base form of the verb.