Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 23, 2008

VERBS FOLLOWED BY BOTH THE INFINITIVE OR THE -ING FORM OF THE VERB

GERUND AND INFINITIVE

 

 

REMEMBER, FORGET, REGRET, STOP

 

 

1.       All these verbs are followed by the –ing form of the verb. The verb in the –ing form refers to sthg that has happened in the past, however recent.

e.g. I remember playing with dolls as a child.

 

With remember / forget, the –ing form shows that the person remembers or forgets sthg that has happened in the past whereas with the infinitive form, the person remembered and then completed the activity. In the second case it is better to think of forget as meaning not remember.

 

e.g. I must remember to write all my Christmas cards.

      I forgot to post the letter. I must remember to do so tomorrow.

 

With Stop, the –ing form shows an activity which the person is no longer continuing to do, whereas the infinitive form shows the reason why a previous activity was stopped.

 

e.g. I stopped smoking two years ago.

      I stopped watching TV to answer the phone.

 

With regret, the –ing form shows sthg that has already happened. With the infinitive form, regret is always followed by a reporting verb in the infinitive, for example regret to tell you, regret to inform you, etc.

 

e.g. I regret to tell you that the meeting has been postponed.

      I regret lying to her.

 

 

TRY, ALLOW

 

 

1.       Allow.

 

We use the infinitive

  1. when allow is passive.
  2. When allow is followed by the person who is the object of the verb,

e.g. Her father doesn’t allow her to smoke in the house.

 

We use the –ing form when the activity is the object of allow.

 

e.g. He doesn’t allow smoking in his house.

 

2.     Try

 

We use the infinitive to talk about an attempt to do sthg or to make an effort.

 

e.g. He tried to get to work on time on his first day.

 

We use the –ing form of the verb to show one or a series of experiments .

 

e.g. He needs money to buy a car. He could try borrowing some from his father.

 

The difference is that with the infinitive, it is a one-off attempt, which is either successful or a failure. With the –ing form, the subject is looking at a number of ways of doing sthg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hello

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    Carmen

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