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Gerund or Infinitve
Gerund or Infinitive?
Verbs that are always followed by a gerund: avoid, delay, enjoy, finish, keep, miss, postpone, risk, need
(this last, only with a passive meaning : This room needs redecorating)
Verbs followed by both a gerund or infinitive: begin, start, continue and all the others that refer to the beginning of an action.
Verbs that are followed by a gerund or an infinitive (with a change of meaning) are:
Try, mean, propose.
Try Is followed by the gerund if it suggests an unusual idea, an experiment; it is followed by the infinitive when it means to attempt.
Have you ever tried cooking spaghetti in wine? / I tried to call him.
Mean is followed by the gerund if it implies a consequence; if it means to have the intention it is followed by the infinitive:
100,000 pounds! That means spending all our money! / I mean to go now.
Propose is followed by the gerund if it is a suggestion, if it means to intend is followed by the infinitive.
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