Unit 37 Level 3 (Upper Intermediate-Advanced) Adjectives + To

1) Many English adjectives, especially those describing people’s reactions and feelings, can be followed by a “to infinitive”. Besides, as you can see in the video below, a ‘to’-infinitive clause is often used after adjectives when the subject is “impersonal it”.

2) Time to read some theory in English. Pay attention to the examples.

3) Here you will find a list of the most common “Be + Adjective” combinations followed by infinitives… and here is another one.

4) Now, translate the following sentences into English:

a) Estoy tremendamente orgulloso de haber sido elegido “empleado de la semana”.

b) Le costaba admitir que había fracasado.

c) Como todos los candidatos son estudiantes de segundo curso, los entrenadores tienen dudas para decidir quien se convertirá en el nuevo capitán del equipo.

d) Me horrorizó averiguar que se había visto envuelto en un terrible accidente de coche el miércoles por la tarde.

e) La puesta en práctica del nuevo proyecto es una tarea prioritaria que probablemente traiga consigo un cambio considerable en el sector.

f) Está contento cuidando de su familia.

g) Los fumadores son más propensos a sufrir estas enfermedades.

h) La persona a la que cojan cometiendo un fraude, acaba seguro en la cárcel tarde o temprano

i) Tengo la suerte de haber encontrado mi vocación.

j) Erika Mustermann tiene el honor de anunciar el próximo enlace nupcial de su madre, Jane Doe, y Fred Bloggs.

5) Where is your language exchange? Use these examples from the exercises above as topics for a conversation.

6) Don’t forget to learn new vocabulary. Extract all the words you don't know from this article from Newsweek Magazine titled “2012 Cowards”. Look the new words up in an English-English dictionary like this one.

7) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation. And, for the most daring, read this article from Forbes.

8) Finally, write a story of about 200/250 words using as many sentences like those you have learnt in this unit. You can use examples from the exercises above.

If you have done all these exercises, then you've scored a 10! Well done!


Key to exercise 4:

a) I am tremendously proud to have been chosen “Employee of the Month”

b) He was reluctant to admit he had failed.

c) Since all of the candidates are sophomores, coaches are hesitant to decide who will become the new team captain.

d) I was shocked to find out that he had been involved in a fatal car accident on Wednesday afternoon

e) The implementation of the new scheme is a priority undertaking which is likely to bring about considerable change in the sector.

f) He is content to look after his family

g) Smokers are more liable to suffer these diseases.

h) The person who gets caught committing fraud is bound to end up in jail sooner or later.

i) I am lucky to have found my vocation.

j) Erika Mustermann is proud to announce the forthcoming marriage of her mother, Jane Doe, to Fred Bloggs.

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