Gerund and Infinitive – no difference in meaning
Gerund and the Infinitive after the verb – no difference in meaning
These verbs can be followed by a Gerund or an Infinitive without changing their meaning:
These verbs can also be followed by a Gerund or an Infinitive without changing their meaning. Mind the structure with the infinitive:
- Gerund: Verb + –ing
- Infinitive: Verb + Person (as object) + infinitive with to
When recommend is followed by an infinitive, put that after recommend, then the object and then the infinitive without to.
Although gerunds and infinitives can often be used interchangeably there may still be a small difference in meaning. Using a gerund suggests that you are referring to real activities or experiences. Using an infinitive suggests that you are talking about potential or possible activities or experiences. Consider:
- I like speaking Spanish because it’s a lovely language.
- I like to speak Spanish when I’m in Spain.