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Gerund or Infinitive
Gerund or infinitive
A few verbs in English can be followed by an infinitive and/or a gerund, sometimes changing meaning. Here are the most important ones , but there are many others……..!
A few rules to start with .
Prepositions ( including TO) are always followed by the gerund .
Verbs of sensation ( hear, listen to, watch, see), are followed by a gerund if the action is not perceived in its entirety, by an infinitive if the action is short, or,conversely, is perceived in its entirety, however long it may be .
Verbs like stop, remember, forget have different meanings:
To stop + gerund means to cease, to stop + infinitive means not to move .
To remember / to forget + gerund mean to remember/forget something already done.
To remember + infinitive means to remember to do something in the future .
To forget + infinitive means to forget to do something one had to do .
To mind is always followed by the gerund.
To begin, to start, can be followed by both with slight differences in meaning.
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