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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Gerunds and Infinitives

 
 

Examples sentences using gerunds and infinitives with a change in meaning:

Verb

Meaning with Gerund

Meaning with Infinitive

stop

 

no longer do the action

Example:
My brother stopped smoking.

the reason the action stopped

Example:
Yesterday we stopped to buy milk because we did not have any.

try

try many things

Example:
I tried opening the window, but it did not cool the room.

try to do something, but with no success

Example:
I tried to do this question, but it is very difficult.

forget

 

do something but do not remember doing it

Example:
Here are some stamps. I forget buying them.

do not remember to do something

Example:
Oh no! I forgot to buy stamps when I was at the store. I do not have any.

remember

do something and remember it

Example:
I remember meeting you last year at Christmas.

remember something and then do it

Example:
I remember to brush my teeth every night.