Questions tagged [infinitive-vs-gerund]

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Undertake followed by a gerund or infinitive?

Do they mean the same or different? ** 1 We might undertake going forward. 2 We might undertake to go forward. ** Additional info. Dictionaries say that: 1 undertake + a noun means to do or begin to ...
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ASPIRED followed by the gerund or the infinitive? [closed]

What follows the verb ASPIRE? 1 BACK IN ENGLAND HE ASPIRED BECOMING AN ARTIST. 2 BACK IN ENGLAND HE ASPIRED TO BECOME AN ARTIST.
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'Forget + infinitive-to' or 'Forget + gerund'?

According to Cambridge dictionary, the word forget can be followed by either infinitive or gerund. These are the sentences I took from the dictionary: She would never forget seeing the Himalayas for ...
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prefer to V rather than V/Ving

I'd like o know which form of verb should follow "rather than" in the following: John prefers to watch TV rather than play/playing basketball.
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Why infinitive isn't used instead of "Contribute to + gerund"?

I can understand what does it mean but I don't know when to use gerund or infinitive. I have no problem about understanding. I just want to understand the sense. As far as I know some of these words ...
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Encourage followed be "possessive pronoun + gerund"

Are these grammatically acceptable? 1 He encouraged my working hard. (always) 2 He encouraged me to work hard. (always or one-off occurrence) Is this wrong? 3 He encouraged my applying for the visa. (...
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Is it correct to say "She taught me drawing" and "She taught me to draw"?

When "teach" means to give lessons, we say "teach somebody something", for example, “He teaches them English”. However, when “teach” means to show people how to do something, we ...
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to think or thinking

Should the infinitive or gerund be used in the following? If both are okay, what's the difference? a. This is what we call brainstorming ─ thinking of possible solutions. b. This is what we call ...
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Chicken out followed by an infinitive

Is it possible to use "infinitive" after chicken out? She chickened out to go there by herself.
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Are "start/begin [infinitive]" and "start/begin [gerund] really interchangeable?

Many agree that there's no difference "between start/begin + infinitive" and "start/begin + gerund." But in sentences like "When we first started to talk/started talking,"...
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The verb "arrange" followed by an infinitive or gerund

A lot of books say that "arrange" is followed by an infinitive. But can it be followed by a gerund? Dolly arranges singing at church. Molly arranged staying at her flat. Molly arranged ...
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Difference between "to develop" vs "developing"

What is the difference between: The objective of the project is to develop a framework Versus: The objective of the project is developing a framework Is any of them incorrect?
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Being treated vs to be treated

An outpatient is a patient _____ at a hospital during the thay but not staying overnight Which one is correct, being treated or to be treated? I think it's being, though. But I don't know why.
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Some grammar questions from the test

I'm doing a random test from the internet, and need help with clarifying grammar structures in several sentences. The test is on "gerund vs infinitive" 1.I prefer getting up early to ______ ...
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Please help identify subject/noun/verbs?

Can anyone help me to identify what the subject, nouns, and verbs are in this sentence? Recognizing and pursuing only your interests results in a selfish, collapsing world order.
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Which sentence is correct and why? (Gerund vs infinitive)

It was driving me crazy not knowing what they were. It was driving me crazy not to know/ to not know what they were.
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to + ing form. as an example, "to connecting people

In this sentence: Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a family-oriented... Can I write "dedicated to connect people with nature"? If not, why do I ...
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"What is fun for you?" "It is to play baseball."

I'm an ESL teacher, and I'm having a difficult time deciding if these sentences are grammatically correct or natural: A: "What is fun for you?" B: "It is to play baseball." A: &...
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Is it correct to say "I saw Tom opening the door"? [duplicate]

Or should I say I saw Tom open the door. I want to know if there is a difference in meaning between using "verb + noun + infinitive" and "verb + noun + gerund" in case both are ...
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What is the difference between "to play" or "to be playing" [closed]

I need to be playing in Europe I need to play in Europe Which sentence is more correct or is there any difference at all?
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Still confused to differentiate try+to and try+gerund

What I learned from try-to-do-something-vs-try-doing-something, to+do is used to attempt to do or accomplish and to+gerund is used to test the effect or result or an effort based on more of a guess ...
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Helping or Help?

Could the word "help" be used instead of "helping" in this sentence? Would the meaning be the same either way? Money will also go to helping the pink iguana and the Floreana ...
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Is it correct to change "Would you mind if I..." to "Don't mind me..."?

Suppose this is the original sentence: Would you mind if I changed the channel? What I learned from here, I assume that we have to use past verb after "I". Otherwise, we use a gerund after ...
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What kind of verb is "is" in this sentence?

She is crying for help. What kind of verb is the verb "is" in this sentence? Whether it is finite or helping verb or both?
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Can infinitive-to and gerund be alternated in a sentence if it contains more than 2 "to"?

Sally reminded me to ask you to tell Bob to remember to bring his soccer ball to the picnic. The sentence above, somehow seems unnatural and not good to me. Can I alternate with gerunds as follows? ...
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which one is correct? "...continued to not be done" or "...continued to be not done." or "...continued to not to be done."

Here is the sentence: The action was not done in the past and has continued to not be done. I am not quite sure about whether the part of the sentence, which is after "continue...." is ...
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Gerund or Infinitive? (an example sentence)

Which sentence is true? I think there is a hidden agenda in the proposal to reduce the staff in order to make the company more efficient. I think there is a hidden agenda in the proposal reducing ...
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'end up to find' or "end up finding"? Gerund vs Infinitive?

What is the reason for using "finding" in this sentence and not "to find"? "These newcomers often end up not (to find)/(finding) the opportunities they are looking for."
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Feel comfortable to do or doing

I come across some opinions of native English speakers that "I don't feel comfortable to do something" is not idiomatic and should be replaced with "I don't feel comfortable doing ...
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"You must not forget ..... (turn) off your stove, it's very dangerous."

I saw this fill in the blanks question on my practice book and it left me confused You must not forget ..... (turn) off your stove, it's very dangerous. For the book, answer is to turn. My answer ...
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“to find a friend to practice speaking with" or "finding a friend to practice speaking with"?

In the following conversation: --- Did you have any problems in your English study? --- Yes, _____ a friend to practice speaking with. Is it correct to fill in the blank with "to find” Or "...
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Extend vs Extending

We are also working with our customers as they make changes, including in sectors that are difficult to decarbonize, such as aviation, shipping, road freight, and industry. We will contribute to '...
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Watching or to watch. Which one is correct in these two sentences? [duplicate]

Is it ok to say: Then, I started watching an episode of... or should I say Then, I started to watch an episode of... Which one is correct or are both correct? Can you explain me what's the ...
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"Begin to" or "Begin v.-ing"

It seems that "Begin/start to do something" is generally the correct form, as opposed to "Begin/start doing". Are there situations in which the latter is correct? I've just come ...
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What I hope for is to V/Ving

I'd like to know "what someone hopes for is" should be followed by a to-infinitive or a gerund: What Peter hopes for is to buy/buying a sports car.
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"started to get", "started getting" or "started to getting" - which is correct?

From that point things started to get complicated. From that point things started getting complicated. From that point things started to getting complicated. Which of these sentences would be correct,...
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Except + infinitive or gerund

This has done nothing except______ an already delicate situation. a) to inflame b) inflaming c) inflame Which one is correct?
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“To solve” vs “For solving”: what is the difference? [duplicate]

What are the differences between: An algorithm to solve optimization problems and An algorithm for solving optimization problems I think only the second one is correct but I can’t explain why the ...
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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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