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    Thumbs up How to remember Gerunds & Infinitives?

    Hi all teachers.
    Could you tell me some tips to remember Gerunds and Infinitives for a long time. Thanks

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    Re: How to remember Gerunds & Infinitives?

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    Gerunds are verb forms ending in -ing and used as nouns.
    Infinitives are the dictionary form of the verb, and may appear with or without a prefatory particle 'to'.
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    Re: How to remember Gerunds & Infinitives?

    Hello, anhtu,
    I'm afraid the only way is cramming. If you learn a list, for example
    admit
    avoid
    look forward to

    it's difficult to remember. It is always better to anchor it to some context. I suggest cramming phrases instead:
    He admits being indifferent to art.
    I avoid dealing with such people.
    My sister looks forward to visiting Liverpool.

    In addition try to make several sentences of your own with each of these verbs.
    Best wishes

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    Re: How to remember Gerunds & Infinitives?

    Gerunds are nouns that look like verbs (or verbs used as nouns; take your pick). Infinitives are verb forms.
    I am painting a picture.
    I like that painting.
    (Since the infinitive is usually considered the "to" form of a verb ("to paint") it is hard for me to see how anybody can get them confused.)



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    Re: How to remember Gerunds & Infinitives?

    My guess, though I may well be wrong, is that Anhtu wanted to know how and when to use them.

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