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Gerunds & Infinitives the Englishacked way

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I love this topic, and the only diffcult part for learners I see is , how to tell when to choose either Infinitive or Gerund.

Let me break it down for you in 2 minutes.

We have some verbs that can be followed by both a gerund (verb + ing e.g drinking) and infinitive (to + verb e.g to drink) and the meaning changes

The VIP verbs are ;

  1. Remember
  2. Stop
  3. Try
  4. Forget
  5. Regret

Now, the above verbs can be followed by a gerund or infinitive with change in meaning.

When any of the above VIP verbs is followed by an infinitive it means that the verb (meaning) happens first then next the infinitive (meaning) happens or takes place.
Let see an example I normally use in class with a demo.

Infinitive use
I was walking down the street, and then I stopped to check my bag.

Action one (1) ----> walking
Action two(2)----> stopped
Action three (3) ----> checked my bag (infinitive) Action done last.

More examples
As I was reading, my phone rung and I stopped to pick it.
I remembered to close all the house windows before I went on vacation.

Gerund use
The Gerund action happens first then the VIP verb happens next.

I stopped smoking when I saw my dad.( when I saw my dad, I put out the cigarette because he hates it.)
I regret telling you why I called her. (why did I tell you?)
I regret to tell you why I called her.(I shouldn’t have called her but I did.)

Hope now you get why you need to learn the use of Gerunds and Infinitives. It helps you understand what people mean when speaking. Drop us any query.

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