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    infinitive vs. gerund

    Hi there!

    I've got a few questions about an infinitive and a gerund.
    What differences do an infinitive and a gerund have? And when is it proper to use an infinitive and a gerund?

    Example:
    1. I love to travel.
    2. I love traveling.

    Any help would be most welcome. Thanks!

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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    Hi blue_jay975

    The difference in meaning is very, very slight:

    1. I love to travel. -> I love to do something.
    2. I love traveling. -> I love something.


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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    I love to travel and see foreign countries.

    I love traveling by train. It's so much more relaxing than going by car.

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    "People can get upset really easily. I know, in conversation, I hate disagreeing with anyone in case they feel offended."

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    Be careful as sometimes the meanings can be very different.

    He stopped to smoke.
    He stopped smoking.


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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    I have something for you guyz.



    I use (ed) to wear like this in my colledge.

    I use (ed) wearing like this.

    please tell me if verb is in past tense what would be the meaning of ing sentence.?

    thanks and appreciated.!

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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    Hi ovair

    Used to refers to the past.
    Ex: I used to wear may hair like this in college.

    Be use to +ing" means accustomed to.
    Ex: I am use to wearing my hair like this.


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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi ovair

    Used to refers to the past.
    Ex: I used to wear may hair like this in college.

    Be/get used to +ing" means accustomed to.
    Ex: I am used to wearing my hair like this.

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    I didn't get that part, why we use (used "to") in ing.....!!

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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    Judy moved to England a few years ago. Meanwhile, she is used to driving on the left.
    Her husband is often away from home. But she doesn't mind it. She is used to him being away. She is used to being alone.
    We bought a smaller car yesterday. I think it'll take us some time to get used to it (the car).

    When you are used to something, it's not new or strange for you.

    Here, 'to' is a preposition, not a part of the infinitive.

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