Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 40 – Grammar – Verb + ing form & Infinitive

We use verb + ing form after these verbs:

Admit, avoid, carry on, consider, deny, face, feel like, finish, give up,
Include, keep (on) practice, recommend, risk, suggest, take up

We use verb + to-infinitive after these verbs:

afford, agree, appear, arrange, decide, expect, fail, happen, help
hope, manage, pretend, promise, refuse, seem, volunteer, wait

We use the gerund or the to-infinitive after these verbs with little or no difference in meaning:

begin, bother, can’t bear, can’t stand
continue, hate, love, prefer, start

We use the gerund or the to-infinitive after these verbs, but there is an important difference in meaning.

stop to do: you stop one activity because you want or need to do another
activity.
stop doing: you are doing something and then you stop.
remember to do: you remember you need to do something and then you do it.
remember doing: you do something and then you remember it later.
forget to do: you don’t do something that you intended to do.
forget doing: you did something, but now you don’t remember it.
like to do: you do something because you think it’s a good idea.
like doing: you do something because you enjoy doing it.
try to do: you make an effort to achieve something.
try doing: you do something as an experiment.
mean to do: you intend to do something.
mean doing: an action involves something.
go on to do: you stop one activity or topic of discussion and start another, new one.
go on doing: you continue doing an activity.

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