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Language tip of the week: risk

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the patterns following the verb risk:



The verb risk is never followed by an infinitive. Use the pattern risk doing something:
✗ In trying to manage both their job and their family, they risk to neglect one or the other.
✓ In trying to manage both their job and their family, they risk neglecting one or the other.

✗ If you risk to go to prison, you will need money for a good lawyer.
✓ If you risk going to prison, you will need money for a good lawyer.

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