We’ve all been there, our teachers in primary school told us we mustn’t add any participle to the verb if it follows after “to”. For example “to do”, “to run”, “to know”. And so we teach our children the same rule. However, there’s more to the rule than we can remember.
|Jasmine is used to ________ in the room all by herself.|
|(a) sleep||(c) slept|
|(b) sleeps||(d) sleeping||( )|
(Source: P6 Past Year Examination Paper)
The correct answer is (d) sleeping, and not (a) sleep.
This is how I usually explain to my students:
Now try this,
|From getting the right angles to ________ the right filters, photography is a difficult art to master.|
|(a) choose||(c) chose|
|(b) chooses||(d) choosing||( )|
Answer: (d) choosing
This kind of question usually appears only for the P6 papers, however, you can also spot them occasionally in P5 Synthesis and Transformation.