Infinitive and Gerund with Different Meaning

Infinitive and Gerund with Different Meaning

The verbs that followed by an "Infinitive" or "Gerund" with different meaning

Forget

Gerund

Example:

  • I can’t forget meeting her first time ever in my life. (Talking about past)

Infinitive

Example:

  • Don’t forget to bring your wife to the ceremony. (Talking about the future)

Go On

Gerund

Example:

  • She goes on writing stories. (Talking about the continuity of an action)

Infinitive

Example:

  • Go on to meet him. (Talking about changing the activity)

Mean

Gerund

Example:

  • You are coming office late every day. That means spoiling your image. (sth to be done to have result)

Infinitive

Example:

  • I meant to join you in time, but there was traffic jam.

Quit

Gerund

Example:

  • He quit working there. (He doesn’t want to work there anymore)

Infinitive

Example:

  • He quit to work there. (He quit other job in order to work there.)

Regret

Gerund

Example:

  • I regret being harsh to them. (You are not happy about doing something in the past)

Infinitive

Example:

  • I regret to inform you that your sister doesn’t want to meet you. (Telling a bad news)

Remember

Gerund

Example:

  • I remember celebrating her birthday. (Talking about the past)

Infinitive

Example:

  • I remember to celebrate your birthday next week. (Talking about the future)

Stop

Gerund

Example:

  • He stopped playing cricket. (To stop an activity)

Infinitive

Example:

  • He stopped to smoke. (To stop for doing something else)

Try

Gerund

Example:

  • She tried doing it with new machine but it didn’t work. (To test something)

Infinitive

Example:

  • He tried to open the door. (He attempted to do it but didn’t succeed)

Some Words Are Little More complicated

Like

When “Like” is followed by “Gerund” and “Infinitive” having no difference in meaning.

Example:

  • I like writing stories. = I like to write stories.

We use “Gerund” when we use like in the sense of “enjoy”

Example:

  • She likes wearing Jeans.

When we talk about habit we use “Infinitive

Example:

  • My father likes to walk early in the morning every day.

Be Afraid

When you are worried or scared about something, use “Gerund

Example:

  • She is afraid of getting poor result of her exams.

Gerund” and “Infinitive” are used with same meaning in other cases.

Example:

  • They are afraid of telling you the whole story. = They are afraid to tell you the whole story.

Need

When “Need” is followed by “Gerund” it shows passive meaning.

Example:

  • Your car needs washing.

See also - Special verbs followed by gerund in passive sense

Used To

We use ' be used to + Gerund to say that something is normal, not unusual.

Example:

  • He is used to traveling a lot.

We use 'used to + Infinitive' to talk about something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens.

Example:

  • She used to smoke.

See also used to

English Grammar Gerund

Difference between Gerund and Infinitive

Gerund - English Grammar

Gerund after prepositions

Special Verbs followed by Gerund in passive sense

Infinitive and Gerund

Infinitive and Gerund - with same meaning

Infinitive Grammar

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