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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #106138: Gerund or Infinitive
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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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    1. I don't mind up in London. I am used to it !

    2. After the man tried to escape from jail.

    3. At night, when all is silent, I can hear mice in the attic.

    4. Please Mum, watch me my homework !

    5. As the girl was jogging along the river, she saw an old man into the water.

    6. I forgot Marion to my friends; she was very cross with me.

    7. On New Year's Day, I always promise to stop .

    8. We forgot the cat in; the poor thing almost froze to death.

    9. She left the room in a hurry, without goodbye.

    10. After driving for hours on the A3, we stopped a rest.

    11. I remember the President when I was five.

    12. Would you mind in my bedroom, please?

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