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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Gerunds and Infinitives

 
 

Definition

There are verbs that are followed by either the gerund or the infinitive. The meaning of the verb changes depending on whether a gerund or infinitive is used.


Example

I stopped drinking beer. (The meaning is: I do not drink beer anymore.)

I stopped to drink beer. (The meaning is: The reason I stopped was to drink beer.)


Explanation

The verbs "stop", "remember", "try", and "forget" take either the gerund or the infinitive. The meaning of the verb changes depending if it takes the gerund or the infinitive.


Related Sections

Gerunds
Infinitives
Verbs Followed by Gerunds and Infinitives