Questions tagged [infinitive-vs-gerund]

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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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Some misunderstandings with the usage of the verb like as a gerund and infinitive

The book says this at the beginning of the chapter: The theory The exercises The solutions My questions I used to work in a supermarket. I didn't like it much. So they used to work there ...
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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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What's the difference between “the waiting” and “the wait”?

I've just completed an application to a university. Now I'm writing an e-mail to my friend and was wondering whether finishing with the sentence And now the waiting begins. or And now the wait ...
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Begin a sentence with To+inf vs Gerund?

To read this book was my dream. Reading this book was my dream. What is the difference between using “To read” and “Reading”? When I have to use any of them? When they can not be ...
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Difference between 'try to do' and 'try doing'

What is the difference between 'try to do' and 'try doing'? My textbook says, that if you want to make suggestion, you must say 'try + doing': A: Fred isn't answering his phone. What shall I do? ...
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Infinitive or gerund?

I run into a question as shown below studying an exam held in my country: Fill the blank. The passengers ---- the announcement of the cancelled flight for the second time groaned audibly. A) ...
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I was looking forward ____ at the new restaurant, but it was closed

I was looking forward ____ at the new restaurant, but it was closed. Are to eat and to eating both correct or only the last one ?
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Is or Does ? - need help which one is the correct one

Which one is correct? Does your business partner taking advantage of you? or Is your business partner taking advantage of you? For me they seemed correct but I'm not familiar with the English rules ...
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to + inf vs to + '-ing'

I have been doing an online test to check my English skills and found this: I was looking forward ____ at the new restaurant, but it was closed. Incorrect (your answer): to eat ...
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Are they exactly same? is + verb, is + to + verb, is + verb + ing

All you have to do is ask the question. All you have to do is to ask the question. All you have to do is asking the question. The first sentence is what I saw on the tv show and the other ...
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infinitive or gerund: two most important keys to succeed

In the following sentence, should "two" be preceded by "the"? And is "succeed" correct? Diligence and intelligence are two most important keys to succeed.
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I always get confused between be and being can anyone solve my problem [duplicate]

I don't want you to be here again. I don't want you being here again. 'Being' is always a problem for me. I can use all gerunds but not this one. Please help.
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Eager to meet or eager to meeting?

Which is correct? "I am always eager to meeting you..." or "I am always eager to meet you......" I for some reason think that 'meeting' should be used because it's being referred in future.
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Weird doing/ Weird to do [duplicate]

1- It is so weird wearing her jacket. (Context: She is wearing another person's jacket right now. But this jacket is leather motorcycle jacket and seems so cool. She isn't used to wearing this ...
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“It's a bit terrifying doing something” vs “It's a bit terrifying to do something”

I am wondering which one of the following is grammatically correct? Or maybe both are grammatically correct but they mean different things? It is terrifying to explore the world, not knowing where ...
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cleaning vs to be cleaned

Look at this example below The carpet needs___________ before we use it. a) cleaning b) to be cleaned Which one would be more appropriate in the given context and why? My thought process ...
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“don't forget {sending/to send}” and “presents {hanging/to hang} on my tree”

This is a question from my exam please help me. Why and which one is correct? Please do not forget ... me some pretty presents ... on my tree. 1) sending - hanging 2) to send - hanging 3) ...
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what used after ''had great motivation''?

She had great motivation ... the exam. a)in passing b)passing c)to pass which answer is true? and why?
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When are “to + verb” and “verb+ing” not interchangeable?

Like in the following example: I would really appreciate having some feedback on this topic. Why can’t I just write “to have” instead of “having”? In this case, they are not supposed to be ...
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Strange usage of the 'ing' with the want verb

I started reading Harry Potter and there is a sentence They didn't want Dudley mixing with a child like that. I understand the meaning of the sentence, but could someone explain why mixing is used, ...
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Can we use “to be stripped” instead of “being stripped” in this sentence?

The warning from the European commission could lead to that country being stripped of its European rights. (As far as l know we must use infinitive after nouns )
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To get vs in getting

Which one is correct- He did not succeed to get the job though he tried his level best. He did not succeed in getting the job though he tried his level best. Book says second one is correct.
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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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“investigate” or “investigating”

"This research was devoted to investigating the performance" I always use Investigate after "to" as a infinitive, however I have seen some text that used "investigating" instead of "investigate", ...
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The main contribution is (proposing / to propose) a new method

The main contribution of this paper is (proposing/to propose) a new method. I'm confused about using gerund or infinitive in this sentence. I searched for this sentence on the internet, but I didn't ...
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What is the best choice for ing , to infinitive or ing

the justification given for explaining his action is unbelievable! the justification given to explain his action is unbelievable! the justification given, explaining his action is unbelievable! ...
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“consumers choosing to rely” vs. “consumers to choose to rely”

Signals that are related imperfectly to actual quality will mislead those consumers choosing/to choose to rely upon these inaccurate signals. In the provided context, is choosing and to choose ...
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This period saw them ACCEPT expensive projects and SIGN an agreement

This authoritarian period saw the Maldives accept highly expensive infrastructure projects as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and even sign a free trade agreement with Beijing. Is the above ...
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the superlatives/first/second/last/only + noun + to infinitive/V-ing

'Practical English Usage' by Swan says: Superlatives can be followed by an infinitive structure. The meaning is similar to an identifying relative clause (see 495). He's the oldest athlete ...
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What does it mean + to-infinitive / gerund

I always come across with this form "What does it mean+ to-infinitive" . But I don't understand why we use to-infinitive instead of gerund after mean. As far as I know, mean + to-infinitive means "...
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How about using gerund when saying the first-?

In 1993, she became the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel prize in literature. If recieving is used instead of to receive, how does it sound?
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'Gaining' instead of 'gain' in “while gain nothing for themselves at all”

Individuals sacrifice their own benefits for others while gain nothing for themselves at all. In this sentence which I composed myself, I feel gain should be changed to gaining, but I cannot explain ...
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Is this grammatically correct - “I miss to swim”

I read this article and here it is mentioned that "I miss to swim" is grammatically incorrect. However, I do not see any issue with it. Could some language expert please clarify.
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Can I replace “to fish” with “fishing” in the sentence “Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”?

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Would you tell me whether I can replace "to fish" with "fishing"? Give a man a fish, and you ...
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Prefer to vs prefer than

Which one is correct, explain with reasons. 'He prefers to watch hollywood movies because they have good stories' or 'He prefers watching Hollywood movies because they have good stories'. Please also ...
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To + ing question

I've been having a hard time trying to understand this specific grammar point. Which sentence is correct? Work hard to stand out from the crowd. Work hard to standing out from the crowd.
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Gerund or infinitive? “Thank you for letting me know” or “Thank you to let me know”

I'm finishing a letter to a friend by asking the tracking number of a parcel he sent to me. Can I finish my letter with Thank you for letting me know the tracking number OR Thank you to let me ...
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What is the correct conjugation of the verb fill in this sentence? Could you please explain grammar in this sentence?

A) Inflation is once again a major concern, violent crimes is on the rise, cases of corruption filling the press, healthcare in precarious state, insfrastructure projet not materialized and street ...

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