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    tyrp is offline Junior Member
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    Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Did you give that as an example because you already know that the difference in meaning between those two sentences is very great indeed?
    Yes, that's why I was a bit confused about the verbs above.
    Last edited by tyrp; 24-Feb-2012 at 17:16. Reason: adding a quotation

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    Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    Quote Originally Posted by mikelynn View Post
    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.
    M&L
    Thank you for your help! I deeply appreciate it. I also felt there was something like that with these verbs, but I'm still a bit at a loss with omit and neglect.

    With 'continue' you must be absolutely right. It stands to reason, as 'continue' is actually a synonym for 'go on', and the situation with the latter is clear to me.
    (like in the sentences: 'He went on getting on my nerves.' and 'He went on to become a college student.')

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    Thanks a lot! I'll cross out 'detest' from my list of problematic cases) Thanks!

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    Re: verbs + Infinitve or + -ing

    I guess that the problem with detest is that it takes a noun as the object; therefore -ing form or gerund if you will. If I'm wrong, all comments are welcome, it's always good to learn new things. M&L

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