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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Not many will admit to ________ in the shower.

The company was concerned about ________ customers following the scandal.

Our professors are committed ___________ the best quality education.

Older people are not used to __________ online.

Now that Jane has finished her course, she is looking forward to _________ a good job.

In North America, people still prefer driving to __________ the bus.

Greg is interested __________ about coding, which is why he's taking a course at the technical college.

The union objected __________ negotiations with the company.

After many years in the corporate world, Cynthia returned __________ in university.

Ms. Summers dedicated her whole life to ___________ the poor.


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95 Comments on “Learn English Grammar: When to use an ‘-ING’ word after ‘TO’”


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I wonder why I see native speakers write ‘look forward to do’ so often. Is it complicating even for you some of the time?

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Hi Feles,

    You’d be surprised how often native English speakers make grammar mistakes. :)

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

would you please tell me in question 7 of the quiz is interested to follow to learning why you use to learn is correct but you said in a video that adjective follow to verb+ing form please help me

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Hi Bhareti,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

      thank you so much for your support by the way my name is Bharti

      Sunday, April 7th 2019

        Sorry Bharti. Typo there :)

        Friday, April 12th 2019

          don’t be sorry I am just correcting my name if say sorry ifeel very sad with myself because you’r the one of best teachers in my 25year so iam admirer alot thank you so much what are doing for us you and team of engvid lot of love and blessing from india

          Friday, April 12th 2019

      i had the same doubt about this question!! Obrigada!

      Wednesday, October 23rd 2019

Thank you Adam. I am interested to learn more from you, so look forward to watching new lessons.

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Iam
looking forward to watching
Your videos n reading my books as well

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Awesome lesson!I had never thought about adjective participle before, you know, grammatically, as you did. I just used to notice them. This really lightened up my mind. thank you

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Thanks ,it is very usefully.

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Thank you so much Adam!!!
It can be very hard to differenciate between “to” as a preposition or “to” as the beginning of a infinitive phrase. I think it would be very useful to have a list of collocations such as “look forward to”, “admit to”, i.e. to know where we should use -ing after them.
I failed question number 7, thinking that it was a mistake on it, and that you forgot to write “in” as in the examples you gave us in the video (interested in doing…).
Anyway, thanks as always Mr. Adam :)

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    I also failed to answer this question.

    Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Hi Knopfler,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Very nice.

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Thank you. Highly appreciated.

Thursday, February 28th 2019

His voice is adorable! Thanks for your class.

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Hard! I got 80. “Is interested” was a tricky one and “returned to teaching” still don’t get why we can not use “to teach”.I need to watch it more. Thank you Adam.Did you lose weight?

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Hi Soozi,

    Sometimes the lighting here changes :). I think I’m the same weight lol.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Great class, Adam! Thank you!

Thursday, February 28th 2019

thnx

Thursday, February 28th 2019

would you please tell me in question 7 of the quiz is interested to follow to learning why you use to learn is correct but you said in a video that adjective follow to verb+ing form please help me

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Hi Dalia,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Thank you so much Adam!
I got 90. I failed question number 7.
Could you please explain this question?
And yes, you become thinner. Are you ok, Adam?

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Hi Elena,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    p.s. I am fine, thanks for asking :)

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

This is question no. 7:

Greg is interested __________ about coding, which is why he’s taking a course at the technical college.

So, it is “interested to learn” but “interested in learning”, isn’t it? Any grammatical explanation for this?

Thursday, February 28th 2019

    Greg, the answer is “to learn” because it is an action, not a complement. The complement in that sentence is “about coding”. I guess each sentence only needs one complement, not two.

    Friday, March 1st 2019

    I also failed that question. But I think it’s because “interest” is a transitive verb. As Adam explains at the end of the video with the verb “need” infinitives can be used as objects.

    Tuesday, March 19th 2019

    Hi Aso202,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

      Thanks a million, Adam, for all the things you do for us. Everyday.

      Saturday, April 6th 2019

8/10. Thank you Adam.( Older people are not used to shopping online) In this sentence “not” should not be there.

Friday, March 1st 2019

    Not sure what you mean, Jasmine.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

In the question 7 the answer
To learn’is correct because in the sentence the following phrase after to learn is ‘about coding’ preposition + ing

Friday, March 1st 2019

    That’s right Srija.

    Just in case, I have been posting this as well:
    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Can we use past tense + to + ING – like , i was used to doing it as my routine was scheduled .

Friday, March 1st 2019

    Not sure about your meaning here, Humaid.

    was used to and used to do are two different things.
    was used to = was accustomed to
    used to do = past habitual action

    These two are often confused.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

I got 8/10 and confusing at 7 and 9, I’m a litlle bit confusing when see your videoclip i see the example: the company is committed to providing top-quality customer care. but in the sentences 7 the correct answer is to learn that’s infinitive verb, please explain more detail, thanks

Friday, March 1st 2019

    Hi Nguyen,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Thank You, teacher….!!!

Friday, March 1st 2019

hi
I didn’t understand this lesson very well

Friday, March 1st 2019

Thanks a lot, Adam! I made mistake in the sentence number 7. As far as I can see in these comments I am not alone. Anyway, it’s experience…

Friday, March 1st 2019

    Hi Larisa,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Thank you for the advantageous grammatical information, we appreciate your hard work to help us.

Saturday, March 2nd 2019

Hi Adam , thank you very much for the valuable lesson,
I like your videos,
My question is: is it correct to say: I’m looking forward to meeting you ?
I mean grammatically
Thank you very much

Sunday, March 3rd 2019

    Hi Daniel,

    Yes, it is correct.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

In TOEFL test, in the writing section, do the summary task is going to be first and the essay task in second place?
Thank you for your help

Monday, March 4th 2019

    Hi Pabloif,

    Yes, the integrated task comes first and then the independent task (essay).

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Hello Adam,
You recommended some English grammar books in one of your videos on “Engvid” or “Write to top”. Unfortunately I can’t find the video, could you please give me a link?

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

great class. I got 8/10/.

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

It’s very useful lesson to me

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

Hello Adam!
This lesson made me wonder how natives understand and use these structures for example:
1) The revolution has begun.
2) Number you have dialed is not available.
3) He might have said to take it outside.
Actually, I want to know how natives feel about ‘have’ in these sentences. In Russian, we don’t use ‘have’ like that. We don’t have Perfect tense at all. And when we try to speak and translate such phrases in our minds we just ignore ‘have’ and put the meaning of the past participle on the past side of the time line. Here ‘have’ doesn’t mean anything for us. Is the same true for you? Or do you understand and use these haves above like any other haves (for example: I have a car)?
It is interesting because sometimes you reduce words in sentences (He might’ve said to take it outside) like they don’t have a meaning.
And of course, we don’t use ‘have‘ in obligatory meaning, for example, I have to go through this. I have to know what you feel about it too. This ‘have’ in your mind like you have something?

Friday, March 8th 2019

    Hi Alexander,

    We do pay attention to the perfect as they create a time reference, a vagueness, or a complete or ongoing situation.

    As far as reductions go, we do that a lot (it’s, not it is; he’s, not he is, etc.).

    Many languages don’t have the perfect tense, so it’s a bit hard to understand the relationships in the sentences. For English speakers, the perfect tense says a lot. It’s important to pay attention to it.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

thanks, Adam i got 8 out of 10

Saturday, March 9th 2019

Hi Adam, Could you make a lesson how to use the words that end in ce and nt, such as assistant, assistance, independence, independent, difference, different etc. Thank you

Sunday, March 10th 2019

    Good idea, Charmbaito. I’ll see what I can do.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Hi Adam. Have you posted a video lesson
about Embedded clause?

Tuesday, March 12th 2019

    Not yet, Kebzizal. I’ll try to get on that.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Hello, Adam! Sorry for offtop.
Which option is correct and why??

It’s ___ for five days already this week.

a) rained
b) been raining

Thursday, March 14th 2019

    Hi Dmitry,

    B is correct because of the “for”. This suggests a continuity. If you take out “for”, then both can work.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

      Yes, Adam! Thanks a lot!

      Saturday, April 6th 2019

I could not watch the video after having tried so many times although I was eager to study the grammar.Hope I can watch the video tonight.

Monday, March 18th 2019

    All of our videos are on YouTube, so if you are visiting from China, you will be unable to watch them.

    Monday, March 18th 2019

Very nice thank you adam

Tuesday, March 19th 2019

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Tuesday, March 19th 2019

Thanks for your help.That’s so sad.😱Only from You Tube can I watch the videos? I really like your lectures especially the grammar part. Are there any other ways I can get access to those videos?

Wednesday, March 20th 2019

    Hi Joy,

    Many Chinese students use a VPN to watch YouTube videos. Unfortunately, we do not host them on other platforms.

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

    Joy, you can now watch many EngVid videos in China on Bilibili: https://space.bilibili.com/20420581

    We will be adding more videos there every month. Many of the videos also have Chinese subtitles.

    Saturday, June 22nd 2019

hi Adam. thanks for sharing your knowledge. i can do this 100 point.

Wednesday, March 20th 2019

Adam, I am confused with interested to leaning. Would it be correct if I write interested in learning something?

Thursday, March 21st 2019

    Hi Violetasal,

    That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

    interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

    In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

    Hope this helps a little

    Saturday, April 6th 2019

Thanks everyone. Sorry for the late reply on this vid’s comments.

Also, It seems many people had a problem with question #7. I have been posting this answer for those who have had this problem:

That’s my mistake. I though I mentioned in this video that you can use both but they have slightly different meanings. I explained this in another video but mixed up the quiz.

interested to learn about something means that it is a real interest that you will take action to satisfy (i.e., want to learn…). Interested in learning about something is more of an idea, a wish that may or may not happen (interested about).

In question 7,you can also say Greg is interested in coding (without about).

Hope this helps a little

Saturday, April 6th 2019

I thought I would gotten 100 score, but I made 1 mistake. I was so sure that I must choose interested to + infinitive. But, due to the topic is about to + ing, therefore I chose interested + ing. 😣 I’m confused

Monday, April 8th 2019

    Hi Rikaprana,

    See my comment above. This was a common issue for many people.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

Hi dear teacher , I need to thank you for your best teaches ..I love you

Friday, April 12th 2019

Hi Adam. Could you please explain to me the meaning of the phrase ‘being filmed’ in the sentence “i object to being filmed”.Is it in the passive voice progressive form or what does the word ‘being’actually play here with a past participle verb followed by it. If someone said ‘I object to watching TV all day’ i would understand it. But I’m a bit confused with this sentence structure. Thank you again and much appreciate your work.

Saturday, April 20th 2019

    Hi Don,

    Actually, this is a passive gerund. Remember that a gerund, though functioning as a noun, is still technically a verb, which means it can be active or passive. Being filmed is the situation; it is the object to the preposition ‘to’. to being filmed is the complement to object.

    I hope this helps a little.

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

I got 50 it is still confusing for me :(

Monday, May 6th 2019

Thank you Adam. Love your work.

Sunday, May 12th 2019

10 out of 10… Thank you Adam!

Monday, May 13th 2019

i got 8/10

Friday, June 14th 2019

I’m so happy to being here. This course is really useful for me.
Thank you!!!

Saturday, June 15th 2019

Thanks Adam. Its very helpful

Sunday, June 23rd 2019

thanks

Monday, June 24th 2019

Thanks Mr.Adam! Your lessons have really helped me practise my Advanced english and helped me be more confident. I also understood well this lesson and that’s why I got 10 out of 10 in this quiz. Thanks for your lessons! Appreciate more new Advanced level lessons from you!!!

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Greetings of Peace, Adam!
To teach the topic “to + Ving” is not so easy to non-native students. I face lots of questions asked by them and most of these are pretty challenging. This case, I need your help badly.

The most challenging question is that when ‘to’ can be used as an infinitive marker or a preposition, and how can I decide whether to put a noun (or pronoun or a gerund) or the infinitive form of a verb after ‘to’?
Maybe my question is equivalent to, for example, why “look forward to” should be followed by a gerund but not the infinitive form of a verb, or why the ‘to’ is a preposition in this phrase?

Luck
Md. Mizanur Rahman Rony
Principal
Red APPLE English Medium School

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

How can I take the test again? I not happy with my score. This was little confusing for me and is on of my challenge in English.

Sunday, August 11th 2019

Thank you so much Adam

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Adam thank you for this lessons. It’s still not clear to me why we would say:
– After many years in the corporate world, Cynthia returned to teaching in university.

and the same in the last sentence.

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

Thank Adam, marvellous lesson as always. Grazie!<3

Sunday, September 1st 2019

Thank you Mr. Adam for a good lesson and quiz.

Wednesday, October 9th 2019

very helpful

Saturday, October 12th 2019

Thanks a lot,
Why we can’t say “The company is committed to provide top-quality customer care” instead?

Saturday, October 26th 2019
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