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Verbs followed by a gerund or infinitive

Verbs followed by a gerund or infinitive with little to no change in meaning:

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Verbs followed by a gerund or infinitive with a change in meaning: 

forget - try - go on - quit - regret - remember - stop

gerund: verb + ing

infinitive: to + base verb

(See comments for some examples.)

Aug 12, 2016 12:41 AM
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a) I regret promising to help you. (I’m sorry that I made the promise.)

b) I regret to tell you that we can’t hire you. (I’m telling you now, and I’m sorry.)


a)She remembered to lock the door. (She didn’t forget to lock the door.)

b) She remembered locking the door. (She had locked the door and she could remember it.)


a) I stopped to call you.(I interrupted another action in order to call you.)

b) I stopped calling you. (I stopped this activity. Maybe we had a fight.)

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a) I forgot to meet him. (I didn’t meet him because I forgot to do it.)

b) I forgot meeting him.  (I don’t have the memory of meeting him before.)


a) I tried to open the window.  (I attempted this action but didn’t succeed.)  b) I tried opening the window.   (This was one option I sampled. Maybe the room was hot.)

go on

a) He went on to learn English and French. (He ended one period of time before this.)  b) He went on learning English and French. (He continued learning the languages).


a) She quit to work here.  (She quit another job in order to work here.)

b) She quit working here. (She quit her job here. She doesn’t work here anymore.)

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English, German, Persian (Farsi), Spanish
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