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    Catenative Verb Dictionary

    Catenative Verb Dictionary

    Unique to the English language, catenative verbs form strings of verbs by linking the catenative verb to an infinitive, present participle, or base form of another verb. Derived from the verb catenate, which means “to connect, to link, to string together,” the adjective catenative refers to the connecting of one verb to another within a single verb phrase and without a conjunction. The verb that follows the catenative verb functions either as a direct object (usually) or a verb phrase complement (sometimes). The following dictionary lists the most common catenative verbs in the English language as well as the form that follows the verb.

    A

    admit – present participle
    advise – present participle
    afford – infinitive
    agree – infinitive
    aim – infinitive
    allow – present participle
    allowed (passive) – infinitive
    appear – infinitive
    appreciate – present participle
    arrange – infinitive
    ask – infinitive
    asked (passive) – infinitive
    attempt – infinitive
    avoid – present participle

    B

    bear – infinitive, present participle
    beg – infinitive
    begin – infinitive, present participle
    bother – infinitive

    C

    care – infinitive
    choose – infinitive
    complete – present participle
    come – base
    condescend – infinitive
    consent – infinitive
    consider – present participle
    continue – infinitive, present participle

    D

    dare – infinitive
    decide – infinitive
    delay – present participle
    deny – present participle
    deserve – infinitive
    detest – present participle
    dislike – present participle

    E

    enjoy – present participle
    escape – present participle
    expect – infinitive

    F

    fail – infinitive
    finish – present participle
    forbid – present participle
    forget – infinitive

    G

    go – base

    H

    happen – infinitive
    have – infinitive
    help – infinitive, present participle, base
    hesitate – infinitive
    hope – infinitive

    I

    imagine – present participle
    imply – present participle
    intend – infinitive, present participle

    J

    K

    keep – present participle

    L

    like – infinitive, present participle
    long – infinitive
    love – infinitive, present participle

    M

    mean – infinitive, present participle
    mind – present participle
    miss – present participle

    N

    neglect – infinitive, present participle

    O

    offer – infinitive

    P

    permit – present participle
    plan – infinitive
    practice – present participle
    prefer – infinitive, present participle
    prepare – infinitive
    pretend – infinitive
    proceed – infinitive
    promise – infinitive
    propose – infinitive, present participle

    Q

    quit – present participle

    R

    recall – present participle
    recommend – present participle
    refuse – infinitive
    regret – present participle
    remember – infinitive, present participle
    resent – present participle
    resist – present participle
    resume – present participle
    risk – present participle

    S

    seem – infinitive
    stand – present participle
    start – infinitive, present participle
    stop – infinitive, present participle
    strive – infinitive
    suggest – present participle
    swear – infinitive

    T

    tend – infinitive
    threaten – infinitive
    tolerate – present participle
    try – infinitive, present participle

    U

    undertake – infinitive

    V

    W

    wait – infinitive
    want – infinitive, present participle
    wish – infinitive

    X

    Y

    Z

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