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    Gerunds and Infinitive

    When to use Gerunds?
    When to use Infinitive?

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    Re: Gerunds and Infinitive

    Gerunds are noun forms and infinitives are verb forms.
    In the simplest form, nouns are people, places or things; verbs show action.

    Look at this:

    What is the meaning of a gerund? You use a gerund to mean a thing.
    Meaning is a gerund (has a -ing ending) and to mean is an infinitive (has a to- in front of it). Do you see how meaning acts as a noun? Do you see the article the in front of it? You can't put a the in front of an infinitive, for example.

    I enjoyed the choir's singing (singing is a noun, a gerund noun; you could replace it with " robes" for example). I enjoyed the choir's robes.

    I want to sing with the choir. (to sing is an infinitive; you can replace it with another action verb: I want to run with the choir, to sit with the choir, to pray with the choir. You'll usually find a simple verb in front of an infinitive (in this case, want; in my first example, you use a gerund to mean... the simple verb is use. )

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    Re: Gerunds and Infinitive

    Thanks for your help!
    But I still have hard time to identify these two.
    Is there a trick that can easily identify which one is which?

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    Re: Gerunds and Infinitive

    As I said, gerunds end in -ing and infinitives have a to in front.

    Like most things, however, not everything ending in -ing or preceded by to can automatically be classified as either a gerund or infinitive. Would that it were that easy!

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    Re: Gerunds and Infinitive

    Okay.
    Is there a trick that can easily find out when to use which?

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