infinitive
want, manage, promise, enable, expect, hope, decide, teach, would like/love

-ing
V+prep (succeed in, keep on, go on ...)
enjoy, suggest (He suggested changing the rules.), practice (Practice reading the text.), understand (I understand your declining the offer.), be worth (It's well worth taking the course.)

inf. and -ing (without change in meaning)
start, begin, continue, finish
like, love, dislike, hate. prefer
advise, recommend, allow
NB: advise, allow, recommend are followed by the infinitive if the objective case (you/him etc.) is used: I advised/recommended/allowed him to keep silent about the incident.
Other wise use the -ing form: He advised/recommended turning left.

inf. and -ing (with change in meaning)
remember, forget, regtret, stop, try

Meaning Differs —gerund vs. infinitive



VERB BEFORE GERUND

Sometimes a verb has one meaning when followed by a gerund clause …

remember
remember
I forgot locking the door.

(I can't remember the action.)

I remember locking the door.

(I remember the action.)

regret telling you
regret telling you
I regret telling you the news.

(I wish I hadn't told you anything.)
wrench
wrench
That failed, so I tried fixing it with a wrench.

(I used a new or different technique.)
healthy
healthy
We stopped eating hamburgers.

(We no longer eat hamburgers.)
and has another meaning when followed by an infinitive.
door unlocked
door unlocked
I forgot to lock the door.

(I didn't lock it.)
I remembered to lock the door.
(I locked it.)
men-regret
men-regret
I regret to tell you the news.

(I am sorry about what I need to tell you.)
plumber
plumber
I tried to fix your sink with a wrench.

(I put in effort, I made an attempt.)
hamburger
hamburger
We stopped to eat hamburgers.

(We stopped our car in order to eat hamburgers.)





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