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    Default Some questions about grammar

    Hello!

    Would you explain me the difference between these sentences:

    My brother hit the little girl, and she started to cry | My brother hit the little girl, and she started crying.

    I started played | I started playing.

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    Default Re: Some questions about grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Xinerub View Post
    Hello!

    Would you explain to me the difference between these sentences:

    My brother hit the little girl, and she started to cry | My brother hit the little girl, and she started crying.
    No difference in meaning.

    I started played | I started playing.
    The first in ungrammatical (incorrect).

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Please give your threads meaningful titles. Everyone here has "some questions about grammar". Your title should include some or all of the words you are querying. A good title for this would have been "she started to cry" or similar.

    I have put my responses above in red.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Oct-2013 at 00:20.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Some questions about grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Xinerub View Post
    Hello!

    Would you explain me the difference between these sentences:

    My brother hit the little girl, and she started to cry | My brother hit the little girl, and she started crying.

    I started played | I started playing.

    Thanks.
    We have two options in English to use a verb form as a noun. One is an infinitive (usually "to" plus a "verb form"); the other is a gerund (-ing form).

    In your first examples, you have one of each. In your second example, the first should be "to play". The past participle "played" doesn't work.

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