Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
1The InfinitiveThe verb try, stop, regret, remember, forget, mean, go on can be followed by the gerund or the infinitive, but with a change in meaningWith a change of meaningTryStopRegretForget/rememberGo onMean
2Try + 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.Jill’s been trying to get a gob since she left school, but with no success.
3Stop +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.
4Regret +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.
5Forget/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.
6Go on +gerund to continue an action I’ll go on loving you until I die.+infinitive to finish one activity and start anotherAfter sever years of study, Andy went on to become a doctor.
7Mean +gerund to involve Dieting usually means giving up sweet things. +infinitive to be one’s intentionI mean to send you a postcard but I forgot to take my address book.
8The 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 eventI noticed a man acting in a strange way.+infinitive without to to experience theWhole eventI heard my sister come in at 1 a.m.