Questions tagged [infinitive-vs-gerund]

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Using infinitive instead of gerund?

Are these sentences have a difference with meaning, tense or etc. between each other: Playing is easy. To play is easy. and They need getting up early. They need to get up early.
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There are some benefits to have/having an experience

Can you help me with this rule? I have no idea about its name (maybe gerund?). But Word offers me to change "have" to "having". Why should (or shouldn't) I do it here?: There are ...
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What + sb + verb + [be (in the appropriate tense)] is followed by to + infinitive or a gerund?

When we have a sentence of the form: What + sb + verb + [be (in the appropriate tense)] + ... (for instance, what I like is ...), which rules do we have to apply to determine whether the sentence is ...
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infinitive or present continuous: (five to come)

Scenario 1 Suppose that a customer has ordered some things online. He is now in your store to pick them up. The order has 100 boxes of cookies. Then, you check his order form and get them for him. ...
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Can I use a gerund after “having”?

The sentence I'm having trouble with is: Show the class how to perform the activity by having one student act as the giver and you acting as the receiver. Should it be "you act as the receiver&...
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“Start to feel better” vs. “Start feeling better”

Which is correct? He will enjoy this when he starts to feel better. Or He will enjoy this when he starts feeling better.
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like somebody TO do something VS like somebody doING something

I’m studying Complex Object with the verbs of desire. “Like” is one of them. And it seems to me that this structure isn’t widely used at least in American English today. e.g I like her to sing I feel ...
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“Get around to” + infinitive/gerund?

I came across these sentences; I barely got around to listen to all of them lately. I didn't get around to posting on instagram. The second sentence is correct since Get around to takes the ...
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“To pay slightly more is…” vs “Paying slightly more is…”

Could I say both of the sentences below? To pay slightly more is a necessary evil for motorists... vs Paying slightly more is a necessary evil for motorists... When should I use infinite and when ...
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Which one is more common: “allow to reduce” or “allow reducing”?

Activation allows (to reduce/ reducing) the temperature of the process. I found that "reducing" can be used after "allow". Moreover, we can write "to reduce" after "...
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Why is the first case “to reducing” and the second one “to reduce”? Is it correct? [duplicate]

Why is the first case to reducing and the second one to reduce? Is it correct? During this time, she studied an environmental management system with an innovative approach to reducing pollution in an ...
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Is it to solve or to solving here?

I am not sure which one works better in this context: to solve or to solving? ...The scholarship in this master's program is a chance for Dania to learn techniques, unexplored in India, designed to ...
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I miss doing this or I miss to do this? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say I miss doing this I miss traveling a lot OR I miss to do this I miss to travel?
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Is there any difference between to be late and being late in complex object?

He doesn’t like us to be late for work. He doesn't like us being late for work. Is there any difference in meaning between the two? I know that there is a big difference in meaning between: I saw ...
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adjective + to + verb vs adjective + verb+ing

I practice to improve my writting skills. I just learned the following: after adjective we use to + verb. For example, These students are difficult to teach. However, I am confused about the following ...
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Difference between infinitive and Gerund

Set1: 1). China is close to be the centre of world trade. 2). China is close to being the centre of world trade. and Set2: 1). I am on my way to be 25. 2). I am on my way to being 25 which is ...
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Infinitive and Gerund Difference in usage

1). She refused to pay the penalty. 2). She refused paying the penalty What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences??
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Differences between to get up and getting up [duplicate]

What's the difference between Kids hate getting up early in the morning. and Kids hate to get up early in the morning.
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Infinitive vs Gerund Usage differences [duplicate]

1). I have no choice but to run away. 2). I have no choice but running away. Which one is correct and Why ? If both are correct, What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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PRONOUND PLUS 'TO +VERB“ OR ”PREPOSITION +VERB-ING

I know it this sentence is wrong but i need an explanation. RIGHT : I hope you would help me in letting him understand. WRONG: I hope you would help me to let him understand. RIGHT: Adults should ...
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In the sentence “I watched the balloon rise”, “rise” is in what verb tense? And why?

I watched the balloon rise. I understand that "rise" in this sentence is not in the 3rd person, because otherwise it would have "s" and it doesn't. Is it infinitive? The why not &...
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These two sentences have same meaning?

I wonder if 'to be' - to infinitive and 'being' are interchangeable in these sentences below. To be an engineer looked good. Being an engineer looked good. Do these sentences have the same meaning ...
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Correct use of passive and active gerund

Please consider the question from a grammar test. I don't mind ______ that I'm wrong. being told telling to tell to be told The test says (1) option is correct. My point is that both (1) and (2) ...
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“Spending more time TRYING…” and “Spending more time TO TRY…”

Is there any difference in meaning between "Spending more time trying to....." and "Spending more time to try to....."? Below is the headline of an online news article I just read ...
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Usually prefer to protect vs. Usually prefer protecting? [duplicate]

Are any of these incorrect? Judges usually prefer to protect government agencies. Judges usually prefer protecting government agencies. Could anyone also help explain the difference if there is any? ...
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Gerund or infinitive? What should I choose?

Which one do I need to choose in this case? You can use these words TALKING with members of your family. OR You can use these words TO TALK with members of your family.
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'It's great fun to play with somebody.' vs 'It's great fun playing with somebody.' [duplicate]

I wonder if anyone here can help: 'It's great fun to play with him' and 'It's great fun playing with him'. Are they both correct? I feel the second one sounds more natural, but how about the first one?...
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Active and passive voice usage for gerunds and infinitives

I saw him go. What is the passive voice of this? My book is saying: He was seen to go by me. Why can’t it be : He was seen going by me.
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“to stop is important” or “stopping is important”?

Do the sentences below sound normal to native speakers? To stop him now is important. Stopping him now is important. To argue is useless. Arguing is useless. To help these people is ...
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Infinitive and geund differences in usage

1) It started to rain. 2) It started raining My grammar book said both are correct and both have almost same meaning. What are the nuances in their meanings?
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Gerunds and Infinitives difference

1)His dream is to have a big house. 2)His dream is having a big house Are both the sentences correct? If yes, What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Verb+ing and to+Verb as subjects

1)Playing basketball for UConn is her favorite fantasy. 2)To play basketball for UConn is her favorite fantasy. Are both sentences correct? If yes, what is the difference in meaning between them?...
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Gerund and Infinitive usage differenced [duplicate]

1)I started speaking. 2)I started to speak. What is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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gerund and infinitive differences

1)Nobody likes being cheated 2)Nobody likes to be cheated Are both sentences correct? If yes, what is the difference in meaning of the two sentences?
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Gerund, infinitive or root form

“Once you crossed the whole camp on foot, asking for a glass of water is not a surprise”. I used the gerund (asking) because it sounds to me like the correct form in this case, once I couldn’t find ...
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infinitive and gerund

which of the below given two sentences is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning between them? 1)She was heard to sing a song by them. 2)She was heard singing a song
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Isolated infinitive in explanatory elements of a sentence

You were supposed to get rid of distractions, to focus, so you could have achieved that prize you lost. I'm not sure if in the sentence above the correct would be “to focus”, “focusing” or simply “...
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To hear(infinitive) vs to hearing (gerund)

Why this sentence I look forward to hearing from you (gerund) is correct instead of I look forward to hear from you (infinitive)
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Gerund vs infinitive while asking question

Which one should I use gerund or infinitive while asking a questin like below? Which one does it cost more , to repair it or to buy new one ? Which one does cost more ,repairing it or buying ...
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gerunds or infinitive with these verbs

Could someone please tell me what it's wrong to use the infinitive instead the gerund in these examples? Why Can't I do this? To me is sounds better with the infinitive. "Thieves broke into the ...
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Gerund and infinitive dispfference

1)I don’t remember of meeting you in kashmir last year. 2)I don’t remember meeting you in kashmir last year. 3)I don’t remember to have met you in kashmir last year Which of the three ...
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Difference in usage of gerund and infinitive

she did no more than sleep the whole day Vs she did no more than sleeping the whole day What is the difference in meaning of these two sentences?
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usage of gerunds

I don't like him wasting time vs I don't like his wasting time what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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gerund and infinitive difference

I regret being late vs I regret to be late. what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences???
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Present Continuous with going to

What is the difference between these? I am going to run. I am going running. Do those mean the same thing as each other? Do they mean the same thing as any or all of these next ones? I am going to ...
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To have + past tense vs Gerund

I still remember to have met you in shimla last year Vs I still remember meeting you in shimla last year what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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Perfect gerund usage

She denied seeing him yesterday. vs She denied having seen him yesterday. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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To talk about a hobby, should I say “I like swimming” or “I like go swimming”?

Cambridge gives this example I don't like upsetting people with this formula [ + -ing verb ], based on which, I could say "I like swimming", although I've also seen "I like go ...
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except drink / to drink / drinking - difference

She had nothing to eat except drink water She had nothing to eat except to drink water? She had nothing to eat except drinking water Are all the above sentences grammatical? IF So, What is the ...
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Gerund vs Infinitive

I want you to talk rather than him to talk // his talking. What should I say in this sentence ? Should I use gerund or infinitive after "rather than" ? I know that I can just say “rather than him” ...

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