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English Verb Tense Practice: Two-Word Verbs

Understand Complex Verbs

We often put two verbs together to state a more complex idea. In this case, the first verb shows the tense (time) and the second verb is in the infinitive form: "to ______." Most verb tenses can be used with an infinitive following.

decide to go
She decides to go into the store.

Present Perfect
has decided to take
He has decided to take the exam.

Past Perfect
had wanted to visit
They had wanted to visit last summer, but they didn't have time.

chose to spend
The child chose to spend all of his money on candy.

Present Progressive
is studying to obtain
She is studying to obtain a degree in physical science.

Past Progressive
was hoping to get
He was hoping to get a scholarship.

need to know
She needs to know the street address.

* "need" is not usually used in progressive (-ing)  form.

Have to and Used to

With these two common words, using complex verb form changes the meaning. "Have to" means "must." "Used to" means "in the past."

have I have to go to work today.

She has to take the interstate

We had to go our cousin's wedding because their family attended our wedding.

He used to play tennis, but he doesn't anymore

We used to go skiing during our college days.


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