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    Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs "stop", "remember" and "forget"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell us your opinion concerning the following usage of the Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs “stop”, remember”, and “forget”?

    1.1.When he saw his father enter the room he stopped smoking.
    1.2.Before entering his fathr’s house he stopped to smoke.

    2.1. I remember sending the letter.
    2.2. I must remember to send the letter.

    3.1. I shall never forget taking that examination.
    3.2. Do not forget to come to the examination tomorrow.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Exclamation Re: Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs "stop", "remember" and "forget"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell us your opinion concerning the following usage of the Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs “stop”, remember”, and “forget”?

    1.1.When he saw his father enter the room he stopped smoking. (use inifinitive)
    1.2.Before entering his fathr’s house he stopped to smoke.

    2.1. I remember sending the letter.
    2.2. I must remember to send the letter.

    3.1. I shall never forget taking that examination.
    3.2. Do not forget to come to the examination tomorrow.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    The verb "stop" takes an inifinitive, others can take both.

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    Re: Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs "stop", "remember" and "forget"

    1.1.When he saw his father enter the room he stopped smoking.
    1.2.Before entering his fathr’s house he stopped to smoke. This could suggest that he stopped, to have a cigarette, before going into his father's house.

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    Re: Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs "stop", "remember" and "forget"

    Before entering his father's house he stopped to smoke.
    Does it mean that he had to smoke after stopping? or if i say, after running fast he stopped to take rest.( means that he was stopped for taking rest after running fast). here would u plz emphasize the useage of (for, to infinitive) in this conditions and is here any role of transitive or intransitive of verbs.
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    Re: Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs "stop", "remember" and "forget"

    Hello,
    It's just a student "resemblance". (is it an appropriate word here?)

    1.1.When he saw his father enter the room he stopped smoking.
    1.2.Before entering his father's house he stopped to smoke.

    The verb "stop" takes an inifinitive,
    Yes the verb stop takes an infinitive as well as it takes the gerund.

    1. I remember sending the letter.
      2.2. I must remember to send the letter.

      3.1. I shall never forget taking that examination.
      3.2. Do not forget to come to the examination tomorrow.

    For me the difference is time related. It is retrospective- gerund- versus prospective -infinitive.

    Stop smoking - What do I stop – smoking. “Stop after smoke”
    Stop to smoke - What do I stop and what for. “Smoke after stop”

    The same pattern for remember, forget, regret....
    Although I think that the “explanation” doesn't apply to all the verbs that are followed by both forms.

    Best regards.

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    Re: Gerund or Infinitive after the verbs "stop", "remember" and "forget"

    Hi Sarat_106,

    I’m not a teacher, but I feel called to share with you my contention concerning the usage of the Gerund or Infinitive after the verb “stop”.

    With a number of verbs and word-groups both the gerund and the infinitive may be used. It is sometimes possible to find a reason for the use of a given form.

    With the verb “to stop” the infinitive and the gerund have different syntactical functions.

    The gerund forms part of a compound verbal aspect predicate.

    “They stopped talking when he came in.”

    "Dick stopped reading and sat thinking hard for a while."

    The infinitive has the function of an adverbial modifier of purpose.

    “She stopped to exchange a few words with a neighbor.”

    "He stopped to buy an evening paper."

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 17-Feb-2009 at 13:37.

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