I think

It makes me feel nervous talking about this.

means talking about that topic is making the speaker feel nervous while

It makes me feel nervous to talk about this.

means if they were to talk about that topic, it would cause the speaker to feel nervous.

I think that's the difference between the two sentences. Do you agree with me?

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    The distinction you perceive is hair thin and likely to be invisible to most people. Dec 31, 2018 at 18:56
  • There's not much in it at all. I wouldn't notice any difference.
    – Matt
    Dec 31, 2018 at 19:03
  • I agree with what everyone else says about the (non-)difference in meaning. However, in this particular sentence, I think "talking about this" sounds more natural than "to talk about this". I'd probably word it as: I feel nervous talking about this.
    – J.R.
    Dec 31, 2018 at 19:26
  • It certainly sounds more natural if you start with that clause. Talking about this makes me nervous.
    – Matt
    Dec 31, 2018 at 20:16

1 Answer 1


In the Current sentences the difference is almost non-existent. There can be cases in which the sentences may have different applied meanings if you change a lot of the words. However, within conversational English there is no difference.

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