Questions tagged [infinitive-vs-gerund]

For questions about the difference in meaning or grammaticality between using a gerund or an infinitive in a particular context.

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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 to” and “Spending more time to try to” [duplicate]

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 this morning, and I am ...
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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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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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“helps make exercising” OR “exercise”?

I was asked to correct this sentence on my exam: A simple rule of 'five' helps make exercising a most enjoyable activity. What's the error and how do I correct it? On the exam I changed ...
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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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Can infinitives replace gerunds after 'rather than'?

I learned from grammar books that rather than can be used both as a conjunction and as a preposition. So can live replace living in the following sentence (A) like (B)? I think it can according to the ...
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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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“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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