Office Space: Did You Get the Memo? Verb+Infinitive or Gerund - Different Meaning

Kisdobos February 05, 2017

Scene summary and task description

A 2-minute clip from Office Space. Peter toils at a soulless corporation and his bosses are a real pain in the neck.

This video lesson revises verb + infinitive and verb + gerund combinations: forget, remember, try, go on, regret and stop. These verbs can be followed by either an infinitive or a gerund, but their meaning changes depending on the verb pattern.

This grammar topic is most likely covered at Intermediate (B1) or Upper-Intermediate (B2) level.

The accent of the actors is American English. Everyone can be understood, except for Milton, the weirdo coworker, who is slurring his words.

Recommended Pre-task:

Watch a short video explanation of verbs plus gerund /verbs plus infinitive and their different meanings:
Lesson type: Hearing check - Basic listening comprehension ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License
First published: 2017-02-06, 08:29:23 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Lumbergh (the boss) stopped ... about a problem with Peter.

  • to talk
  • talking

2) Peter forgot ... the new cover sheet on the TPS report.

  • to put
  • putting

3) Peter tried ... to Lumbergh that no damage had been done.

  • to explain
  • explaining

4) Lumbergh went on ... about putting the new cover sheet on the TPS report.

  • to talk
  • talking

5) Lumbergh didn't stop ... his coffee for a second while talking to Peter.

  • to drink
  • drinking

6) Peter couldn't concentrate because of the music, so he went on ... Milton to turn it down a little bit.

  • to ask
  • asking

7) At this point Peter probably regretted ... his time asking Milton a favor.

  • to waste
  • wasting

8) The other boss also asked Peter to remember ... the new cover sheet for the TPS report.

  • to use
  • using

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