Gerunds and Infinitives with Verbs Part 4

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These verbs can be followed by either the gerund or the infinitive with a change in meaning.

Remember + gerund

This is when you remember something that has happened in the past. You have a memory of it, like being able to see a movie of it in your head. Remember + to + infinitive

This is when you think of something that you need to do. (And usually, you then do the thing). Forget + gerund

This is the opposite of remember + gerund. It's when you forget about a memory, something that you've done in the past. Forget + to + infinitive

This is the opposite of remember + to + infinitive. It's when you want to do something, but you forget about it. Try + gerund

This is when you do something as an experiment. The thing you do is not difficult, but you want to see if doing it will have the result that you want. Try + to + infinitive

This is when the thing you do itself is difficult. In the present tense or future tense, this means you might not succeed in doing it. In the past tense, it means that you made an effort to do the thing, but you did not succeed. Look at the difference:
Stop + gerund

When we stop doing something it means the verb in the gerund is the thing that we stop. It can mean 'stop forever' or 'stop at that moment'. Stop + to + infinitive

In this case, we stop something else in order to do the verb in the infinitive. Look at the difference:
Regret + gerund

This is when you are sorry about something you did in the past and you wish you hadn't done it. Regret + to + infinitive

We use this construction when we are giving someone bad news, in quite a formal way. The verb is almost always something like 'say' or 'tell' or 'inform'.

Try an exercise about gerunds and infinitives with these verbs here.
See all the gerund and infinitive exercises here.

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See the list of verbs part 3 here