518 – TO Followed By ING

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and I’m back with another podcast English lesson just for you. When I woke up this morning the temperature was 10°C and it was really windy. I’m reminded of the one thing that I don’t like about living in New York… it’s too cold. I know I shouldn’t complain and that there are a lot of places in the world much colder than here. Do you guys know when your Oymyakon. If you want to Google it, the spelling is o-y-m-y-a-k-o-n. It’s in Russia and from what I know, it’s not the coldest place on earth, but I believe it is the coldest place on earth that people live. Today the temperature there is -17 Celsius. Ouch! That is quite an unusual temperature, at least from my New York point of view.

Speaking of things that are unusual, today I want talk about ING verbs that follow the preposition to. Usually, after two we have a base verb. I like to swim. I want to eat pizza. I need to renew my passport. TO plus a VERB… It’s a basic grammar rule. Well as I’m sure you already know, English is full of exceptions to the rule. And today we’re going to look it 11 exceptions to this rule. Are you ready? Let’s check it out!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details.

  • I need to adjust to wearing my new glasses.
  • You may need a few weeks to adjust to using a Mac Computer if you have used a Windows computer for a long time.
  • Even after more than twenty years, it’s really hard for me to adjust to using centimeters and kilograms. Hey I’m an American!
  • When Jack asked Jenny for a date, he admitted to having feelings for her for a long time.
  • The bank robber admitted to committing the crime.
  • One sign of being an adult is when you can admit to making a mistake.
  • I finally got around to cleaning out my garage.
  • Your final exams are in three weeks. When are you going to get around to studying?
  • Tommy finally got around to asking Jenny for a date. And she said yes!
  • I always look forward to spending time with my high school friends.
  • I’m looking forward to going skiing this weekend.
  • I am not looking forward to going to the dentist tomorrow.
  • I object to listening to all of this political talk. Why don’t we lighten the air a bit?
  • All of the workers objected to working overtime on Sunday.
  • I object to having to take that exam again. It’s a waste of my time.
  • Everyone in the office is committed to finishing the project on time.
  • The union leaders are dedicated to providing their members with a good benefits package.
  • All of the teachers here are committed to seeing your success.
  • Joe is devoted to helping his elderly parents.
  • Kim is devoted to seeing that her children and get a good education.
  • Everyone in this office is dedicated to finding a solution to the problem.
  • Frank is not accustomed to working in an international office.
  • It took me a while but I am finally accustomed to using the transportation system in this city.
  • I love your YouTube channel. How long did it take you to be used to being in front of the camera?

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