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  1. Rainsberry
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    Gerund Vs. the infinitive

    Is there a rule or are there multiple rules as to when to use these?

    ie. When is a gerund used, and when is the infinitive used? When do you useone instead of the other?

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    Re: Gerund Vs. the infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainsberry View Post
    Is there a rule or are there multiple rules as to when to use these?

    ie. When is a gerund used, and when is the infinitive used? When do you useone instead of the other?
    These verbs are followed by an infinitive:
    Can't wait
    Manage
    Would love
    Attempt
    Tend
    Decide

    These verbs are followed by an object+ infinitive:
    Inspire
    Get

    These verbs are followed by a gerund:
    Start
    Keep
    Love
    Enjoy
    Continue
    The next three are general rules that can help you:
    1. Adjectives are (usually) followed by an infinitive.
    2. Prepositions are followed by a gerund.
    3.Verbs that talk about how we feel(love,hate, enjoy etc)are usually followed by a gerund.
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    Last edited by whitemoon; 19-Aug-2008 at 11:44.

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