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We can't afford to give you a new car this year.
We can't afford _______ you a new car this year.[give]
My boss agreed to give me a salary increase.
My boss agreed _______ me a salary increase.[give]
There appears to be no solution to this problem.
There appears _______ no solution to this problem. [be]
I have arranged to see my accountant next Wednesday afternoon.
I have arranged _______ my accountant next Wednesday afternoon.[see]
He asked to see the report but I told him that it was confidential.
He asked _______ the report but I told him that it was confidential.[see]
The company claims to be the largest employer in the retail sector in the UK.
The company claims _______ the largest employer in the retail sector in the UK.[be]
I have decided to look for a new job.
I have decided _______ for a new job.[look]
The shareholders demanded to know why the dividend was so small.
The shareholders demanded _______ why the dividend was so small.[know]
They don't deserve to have such a large market share.
They don't deserve _______ such a large market share. [have]
We expect to increase our sales volume next year quite substantially.
We expect _______ our sales volume next year quite substantially.[increase]
We failed to achieve our sales targets last year.
We failed _______ our sales targets last year.[achieve]
Please don't hesitate to call me if you if you change your mind.
Please don't hesitate _______ me if you if you change your mind.[call]
He hopes to complete the negotiations next week.
He hopes _______ the negotiations next week.[complete]
I must go to see the dentist. I have toothache.
I must go _______ the dentist. I have toothache.[see]
We intend to build a new factory in three years' time.
We intend _______ a new factory in three years' time.[build]
She learned to speak Italian when she was a teenager.
She learned _______ Italian when she was a teenager.[speak]
I managed to get a much lower price by increasing the size of the order.
I managed _______ a much lower price by increasing the size of the order.[get]
We need to cut costs dramatically in all departments.
We need _______ costs dramatically in all departments.[cut]
I offered to take him to the airport.
I offered _______ him to the airport.[take]
We plan to take a holiday at the beginning of September.
We plan _______ a holiday at the beginning of September.[take]
I am just preparing to move into my new office.
I am just preparing _______ into my new office.[move]
He pretended to understand but I don't think that he had really been listening.
He pretended _______ but I don't think that he had really been listening.[understand]
My boss promised to give me more responsibility but I don't think he likes to delegate.
My boss promised _______ me more responsibility but I don't think he likes to delegate.[give]
Our C.E.O. refused to accept his bonus last year because of the poor results.
Our C.E.O. refused _______ his bonus last year because of the poor results.[accept]
He seems to take a lot of unnecessary risks.
He seems _______ a lot of unnecessary risks.[take]
The company is struggling to survive at the moment.
The company is struggling _______ at the moment.[survive]
I tend to take moderate risks when investing my personal finances.
I tend _______ moderate risks when investing my personal finances.[take]
The current economic situation threatens to close a lot of small retail businesses.
The current economic situation threatens _______ a lot of small retail businesses.[close]
He volunteered to take early retirement.
He volunteered _______ early retirement.[take]
I was planning to buy some gold but now I will wait to see what will happen next week.
I was planning to buy some gold but now I will wait _______ what will happen next week.[see]
We want to ask for a salary increase but this is not the right time to do it.
We want _______ for a salary increase but this is not the right time to do it.[ask]
I would like to move to a new department.
I would like _______ to a new department.[move]
I began to write the report yesterday.
I began _______ the report yesterday. [write]
We will continue to fund the project.
We will continue _______ the project. [fund]
I hate to work overtime at the weekends.
I hate _______ overtime at the weekends. [work]
They like to finish projects on time.
They like _______ projects on time. [finish]
I love to travel to Asia.
I love _______ to Asia.[travel]
I prefer to eat in restaurants in the evening.
I prefer _______ in restaurants in the evening. [eat]
We started to produce cars in the 1940s.
We started _______ cars in the 1940s. [produce]
He will never forget flying in a jet for the first time.
He will never forget _______ in a jet for the first time.[fly]
I forgot to email you yesterday.
I forgot _______ you yesterday.[email]
He went on talking about his job all day.
He went on _______ about his job all day.[talk]
He talked about his boss and went onto talk about his job.
He talked about his boss and went on _______ about his job.[talk]
My job means travelling a lot.
My job means _______ a lot.[travel]
I meant to give you my email address.
I meant _______ you my email address.[give]
She regrets saying that our CEO had resigned because it was only a rumour.
She regrets _______ that our CEO had resigned because it was only a rumour.[say]
We regret to say that our CEO has resigned.
We regret _______ that our CEO has resigned.[say]
I remember giving my first presentation.
I remember _______ my first presentation.[give]
I remembered to lock the door this morning.
I remembered _______ the door this morning.[lock]
She stopped smoking her cigarette when her boss came in.
She stopped _______ her cigarette when her boss came in.[smoke]
He stopped to smoke a cigarette because he had not had a break.
He stopped _______ a cigarette because he had not had a break.[smoke]
I tried using the fire extinguisher but the fire was too big.
I tried _______ the fire extinguisher but the fire was too big.[use]
I tried to use the fire extinguisher but it was defective.
I tried _______ the fire extinguisher but it was defective.[use]
This is my plan. I propose to merge the two teams.
This is my plan. I propose _______ the two teams.[merge]
I propose merging the two teams. What does everyone think?
I propose _______ the two teams. What does everyone think?[merge]
He admitted making the wrong decision when he employed five new members of staff.
He admitted _______ the wrong decision when he employed five new members of staff.[make]
We anticipate having to downsize this business unit due to the recession.
We anticipate _______ downsize this business unit due to the recession.[have to]
I want to avoid making anyone redundant.
I want to avoid _______ anyone redundant.[make]
The Board of Directors considered taking over our main competitor last year.
The Board of Directors considered _______ our main competitor last year.[take over]
We delayed making the final decision until we had received our preliminary results.
We delayed _______ the final decision until we had received our preliminary results.[make]
At the meeting, they discussed opening a new branch in Paris.
At the meeting, they discussed _______ a new branch in Paris.[open]
I dislike making quick decisions without consulting my colleagues.
I dislike _______ quick decisions without consulting my colleagues.[make]
She enjoys managing joint venture projects.
She enjoys _______ joint venture projects.[manage]
He finished writing the report at about ten o'clock.
He finished _______ the report at about ten o'clock.[write]
I want to go skiing during my next holiday.
I want _______ skiing during my next holiday.[go]
I can't imagine being in charge of the whole division.
I can't imagine _______ in charge of the whole division.[be]
My job involves participating in regular video conferences.
My job involves _______ in regular video conferences.[participate]
My secretary keeps making the same mistake with the figures.
My secretary keeps _______ the same mistake with the figures.[make]
She mentioned going to London next week but I don't remember on which day.
She mentioned _______ to London next week but I don't remember on which day.[go]
Would you mind waiting for a few minutes?
Would you mind _______ for a few minutes?[wait]
I am prepared to work later in the evenings but I will miss seeing my children.
I am prepared to work later in the evenings but I will miss _______ my children.[see]
She practised answering questions for her interview well in advance.
She practised _______ questions for her interview well in advance.[answer]
I wish that my boss would quit micro-managing my projects.
I wish that my boss would quit _______ my projects.[micro-manage]
I don't recall saying anything like that.
I don't recall _______ anything like that.[say]
I recommend investing in some new machinery.
I recommend _______ in some new machinery.[invest]
I don't recollect making a note of her email address.
I don't recollect _______ a note of her email address.[make]
He resents having to write so many reports.
He resents _______ write so many reports.[have to]
He couldn't resist asking if I had received a salary increase.
He couldn't resist _______ if I had received a salary increase.[ask]
We risk losing the contract if we cannot get a better price for the materials.
We risk _______ the contract if we cannot get a better price for the materials.[lose]
She suggested delaying the decision until we had more information.
She suggested _______ the decision until we had more information.[delay]
It's not worth spending any more money on this brand because sales are in decline.
It's not worth _______ any more money on this brand because sales are in decline.[spend]
There's no point disagreeing with him because he just won't listen.
There's no point _______ with him because he just won't listen.[disagree]
I can't help thinking that we have the wrong strategy.
I can't help _______ that we have the wrong strategy.[think]
The project manager spent a lot of time listening to what the key users wanted.
The project manager spent a lot of time _______ to what the key users wanted.[listen]
Do you fancy having a look through my report before I submit it to my boss?
Do you fancy _______ a look through my report before I submit it to my boss?[have]
My boss advised me to apply for a promotion.
My boss advised me _______ for a promotion.[apply]
The company doesn't allow us to take holidays during June and July.
The company doesn't allow us _______ holidays during June and July.[take]
My colleague, Mr Andrews, asked me to send you his best regards.
My colleague, Mr Andrews, asked me _______ you his best regards.[send]
Bad weather caused us to postpone. the meeting.
Bad weather caused us _______ the meeting.[postpone]
My boss has challenged me to play tennis.
My boss has challenged me _______ tennis.[play]
I managed to convince my boss to tender for the project.
I managed to convince my boss _______ for the project.[tender]
My father encouraged me to do an MBA course at university.
My father encouraged me _______ an MBA course at university.[do]
My husband expects me to ask for a salary increase during my next appraisal meeting.
My husband expects me _______ for a salary increase during my next appraisal meeting.[ask]
I forbid you to mention this to anyone.
I forbid you _______ this to anyone.[mention]
The Board of Directors forced us to make budget cuts after our results were released.
The Board of Directors forced us _______ budget cuts after our results were released.[make]
My secretary helps me to deal with all of my emails.
My secretary helps me _______ all of my emails.[deal with]
The company hired her to help with the department reorganisation.
The company hired her _______ with the department reorganisation.[help]
My boss has instructed me to monitor departmental spending.
My boss has instructed me _______ departmental spending.[monitor]
I have invited them to come to the office party.
I have invited them _______ to the office party.[come]
I need you to fill in this form.
I need you _______ this form.[fill in]
His doctor ordered him to take a rest.
His doctor ordered him _______ a rest.[take]
The law doesn't permit us to buy shares if we have insider information.
The law doesn't permit us _______ shares if we have insider information.[buy]
She persuaded her boss to let her fly to Paris instead of having a video conference.
She persuaded her boss _______ her fly to Paris instead of having a video conference.[let]
Please remind me to telephone the bank on Monday.
Please remind me _______ the bank on Monday.[telephone]
The lawyers have requested us to send them some further information.
The lawyers have requested us _______ them some further information.[send]
My mother taught me to speak French when I was a little boy.
My mother taught me _______ French when I was a little boy.[speak]
My boss told me to take a holiday before starting my next major project.
My boss told me _______ a holiday before starting my next major project.[take]
My negotiations coach trained me to use tentative language when negotiating.
My negotiations coach trained me _______ tentative language when negotiating.[use]
The CEO wanted me to take over responsibility for the HR department after the merger.
The CEO wanted me _______ responsibility for the HR department after the merger.[take over]
I warned you not to challenge your boss's strategy.
I warned you not _______ your boss's strategy.[challenge]