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I was told that:

1) I hope to play a good match this evening.

is grammatically correct.

On the other hand:

2) I believe to play a good match this evening

is grammatically incorrect.

Yet I was told that:

I believe I´ll play a good match this evening.

is grammatically correct.

Why is the previous sentence grammatically correct?

  • Your example #2 is not grammatically valid - it would have to be, for example, I believe [that] I will play a good match this evening. The semantic difference between hoping and believing is General Reference (you might well believe you're dying of cancer, but you probably wouldn't hope to be dying of cancer). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 17 '16 at 21:00
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    Possible duplicate of Difference between HOPE and BELIEVE? – Jasper Jan 18 '16 at 1:55
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    So what dictionary explains that "believe" can't be followed by an infinitive? It seems like this question was closed based on its title and not the content of the question. – ColleenV parted ways Jan 18 '16 at 2:43
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Hope is about aspiration, wanting something good or better.

Hope for the best

It is unusual to hope for worse. Hope is one of the verbs that can be immediately followed by an infinitive

Belief is about affirmation, asserting or declaring something to be true

I believe in the goodness of mankind

Believe is not one of the verbs that can be followed by an infinitive.

As a result

I hope to play
I believe I will play

are correct

I believe to play

is incorrect.

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