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    Why do some verbs are follow by 'to do' and other verbs are followed by 'doing'?

    Why do some verbs are follow by 'to do' and other verbs are followed by 'doing'?
    Are there some common rules here to remember these grammar?
    Do native speakers make mistakes when they are using this kind of grammar?

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    Re: Why do some verbs are follow by 'to do' and other verbs are followed by 'doing'?

    Some verbs can be followed by:

    a bare infinitive: I can swim
    a to- infinitive: I want to swim
    a gerund: I enjoy swimming
    a gerund or a to- infinitive with little difference in meaning: I like swimming/to swim
    a gerund or a to- infinitive with a real difference in meaning: I tried swimming/to swim.

    Unfortunately, there are no firm rules, though the core modals can be followed only by a bare infinitive. Native speakers rarely make mistakes.

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    Re: Why do some verbs are follow by 'to do' and other verbs are followed by 'doing'?

    Quote Originally Posted by pxq0913 View Post
    Why do some verbs are follow by 'to do' and other verbs are followed by 'doing'?
    Are there some common rules here to remember these grammar?
    Do native speakers make mistakes when they are using this kind of grammar?
    Good post/question. It sent me on a mission. Here is what I found from english.stackexchange.com (that's "stack" not "stock"):

    "...... the gerund-participle ("-ing" form) is used when the pleasure is derived from the action itself, whereas the infinitive ("to" form) is used when the preference is being expressed for choosing to perform the action, or the idea of the action, as distinct from the action itself. "

    While this may be a subtle or slight difference, if you think about it, using a few examples, I think you can understand the difference. "I like doing homework/I like to do homework." "I like reading novels/I like to read novels."



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