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    Default verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Hello everyone,

    I'm asking for your help again :)).

    Can I use either the infinitive or the gerund with these verbs?

    begin
    detest
    neglect
    continue
    start
    omit
    like

    Will there be any difference in meaning if I use this or that non-finite form of the verb?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrp View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I'm asking for your help again :)).

    Can I use either the infinitive or the gerund with these verbs?

    begin
    detest
    neglect
    continue
    start
    omit
    like

    Will there be any difference in meaning if I use this or that non-finite form of the verb?

    Thanks in advance!
    The "ing" form is possible with all those verbs.

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    I reread my question again and found that it was worded rather badly. By '
    Can I use either the infinitive or the gerund with these verbs?' I meant: Can
    the -ing form and the infinitive both follow the verbs mentioned?

    E.g. She began to cry.
    She began crying.

    So unfortunately the question is still open.

    I'm sorry for misleading you :(((.

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrp View Post
    I reread my question again and found that it was worded rather badly. By '
    Can I use either the infinitive or the gerund with these verbs?' I meant: Can
    the -ing form and the infinitive both follow the verbs mentioned?

    E.g. She began to cry.
    She began crying.

    So unfortunately the question is still open.

    I'm sorry for misleading you :(((.
    Yes.

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    All of them? Together with neglect, detest, omit?

    What about the difference in meaning?

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrp View Post
    All of them? Together with neglect, detest, omit?

    What about the difference in meaning?
    I am not going to give you the various possible meanings of seven different verbs in infinitive and "ing" forms. That would require an essay at least.

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Thanks! I only wanted to know whether the difference is so very great (like in I stopped to buy a cigarette and I stopped buying cigarettes).

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrp View Post
    Thanks! I only wanted to know whether the difference is so very great (like in I stopped to buy a cigarette and I stopped buying cigarettes).
    I'd say that start and begin are pretty safe although after progressives the infinitive sounds better and there are subtle differences in meaning. Continue, however, seems to be a bit different - continue doing something sounds like a non-stop activity while continue to do something seems to imply a different activity after an interruption. How about try? Try to do something - describes an attempt to do something, while try doing something is more like a performed experiment with unsure results. Not being a native speaker, I'm not sure, but that's the way I feel the difference in the above examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrp View Post
    Thanks! I only wanted to know whether the difference is so very great (like in I stopped to buy a cigarette and I stopped buying cigarettes).
    Did you give that as an example because you already know that the difference in meaning between those two sentences is very great indeed?

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    Default Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrp View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I'm asking for your help again :)).

    Can I use either the infinitive or the gerund with these verbs?

    begin
    detest (this one admit only the -ing form)
    neglect
    continue
    start
    omit
    like

    Will there be any difference in meaning if I use this or that non-finite form of the verb?

    Thanks in advance!
    mxr

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