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Gerund and infinitive – different meaning

 

Verbs can change their meaning when they are followed by a Gerund or an Infinitive

forget

GERUND INFINITIVE
Is used when you lose the memory of something in the past. Is used when you remember something, but you didn’t do it.
She forgot reading the book when she was a child. forgot to bring the tickets.

go on

GERUND INFINITIVE
continue the same activity change the activity
We’ll go on questioning you until we get the truth. We’ll go on to discuss the next item.

mean

GERUND INFINITIVE
something has to be done as a result intend to do something.
The pipes are frozen. That means getting a plumber. I meant to phone the plumber, but I lost his number.

regret

GERUND INFINITIVE
Something you did in the past that you are not happy about. To give bad news in a formal way
I regret marrying her. We regret to inform you that the 18:30 train has been cancelled.

remember

GERUND INFINITIVE
This is a memory of something in the past. To recall you need to do something.
I remember turning off the gas before I went on holiday. Remember to turn off the gas when you go on holiday.

stop

GERUND INFINITIVE
To finish an activity Finish one thing to start the verb in the infinitive.
I stopped smoking. I stopped to smoke.

try

GERUND INFINITIVE
to test something. to do something that is not easy
I tried dieting but I didn’t lose weight. I tried to diet but I couldn’t.