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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Gerunds & Infinitives

 
 

Sentences using gerunds and infinitives, showing the change in meaning

Verb

Meaning With Gerund

Meaning With Infinitive

stop

No longer do the action.
Example
My brother stopped smoking. Now he does not smoke at all.

To interrupt one action in order to do another action.
Example
Yesterday we went for a walk. We stopped to buy milk because we did not have any. Then we continued on our walk.

try

Try many things in order to solve a problem.
Example
The room was hot. I wanted to cool the room. I tried opening the window. That did not work. So, I tried using a fan. That did not work. So, I tried turning off the heater. That worked!

Try to do something, but with no success.
Example
I tried to answer this question, but it is very difficult. I could not answer it correctly.

forget

Do something but do not remember doing it.
Example
Here are some stamps. I forget buying them. I bought them and then I forgot that I bought 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 a task and then do it.
Example
I remember to brush my teeth every night.