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The Infinitive The verb try, stop, regret, remember, forget, mean, go on can be followed by the gerund or the infinitive, but with a change in meaning.

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2 The Infinitive The verb try, stop, regret, remember, forget, mean, go on can be followed by the gerund or the infinitive, but with a change in meaning The verb try, stop, regret, remember, forget, mean, go on can be followed by the gerund or the infinitive, but with a change in meaning With a change of meaning With a change of meaning 1. Try Try 2. Stop Stop 3. Regret Regret 4. Forget/remember Forget/remember 5. Go on Go on Go on 6. Mean Mean

3 Try + gerund to experiment in order to achieve an objective. + gerund to experiment in order to achieve an objective. Try going to bed earlier and see if that helps + infinitive to attempt a difficult action. + infinitive to attempt a difficult action. Jill’s been trying to get a gob since she left school, but with no success. Jill’s been trying to get a gob since she left school, but with no success.

4 Stop ++++gerund to finish an activity Stop talking and get on with your work!  + + + +infinitive to interrupt one activity in order to do another. Roger stopped to have a cup of tea.

5 Regret ++gerund to be sorry about an action in the past Many people regret marrying young. ++infinitive to be sorry about what you are going to say. Dr. Taylor regrets to say that he is unable to see patients without an appointment.

6 Forget/remember +gerund to (not) recall an action. I distinctly remember asking them to come after lunch. I won’t forget seeing Christie win the gold medal as long as I live. + infinitive to not do an action you must do. Ann remembered to lock all the doors when she went on holiday, but she forget to close the bathroom window.

7 Go on +gerund to continue an action I’ll go on loving you until I die. +infinitive to finish one activity and start another After sever years of study, Andy went on to become a doctor.

8 Mean ++++gerund to involve Dieting usually means giving up sweet things. ++++infinitive to be one’s intention I mean to send you a postcard but I forgot to take my address book.

9 The infinitive is only possible with mean in perfect and past tenses. The verbs of perception see, feel, hear, smell have a different meaning when they are followed by the infinitive (without to) or a participle. + participle to experience part of an event I noticed a man acting in a strange way. +infinitive without to to experience the Whole event I heard my sister come in at 1 a.m.

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