Grammar GuideVerbsWhat verb form should you use after 'consider' and 'imagine'? Infinitive or gerund?

What verb form should you use after 'consider' and 'imagine'? Infinitive or gerund?

What verb form should you use after 'consider' and 'imagine'? Infinitive or gerund?

Consider can be followed either by a noun or a gerund (the "-ing" form of a verb used as a noun).

  • They will consider the suggestions.
  • I considered working.
  • She considers going to the dentist.

Imagine can be followed by a noun, gerund, or that-clause.

  • I can't imagine a larger dog than a mastiff.
  • I can't imagine working harder.
  • I can't imagine that she's telling the truth.

In both cases, when a verb directly follows consider or imagine, you should use the gerund form, not the infinitive:

  • You should consider writing to him more often.
  • It's easy to imagine winning the lottery, which is why I keep playing it.
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