Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between not bother to do something and not bother doing something? For example:

The guy didn't even bother to clean up after himself.

The guy didn't even bother cleaning up after himself.

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Both are strikingly similar. to-infinitive and -ing form are interchangeable here.

Strictly speaking, I'd always prefer to use "to infinitive" when I want to specify the speaker's view or attitude rather than a general sense.

Similar constructions taking both verb forms:

I like to have the mornings to myself.

I like having the mornings to myself.


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