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    gerund or infinitive after "go on"?

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the usage of gerund or infinitive after “go on” in the sentences bellow?

    When we invited dinner we went on talking.
    “These events”, the speaker went on to say….
    Al-Mufti went on to say: "Unfortunately, there are those that are trying hard to restore the old system of government in Iraq.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: gerund or infinitive after "go on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the usage of gerund or infinitive after “go on” in the sentences bellow?

    When we invited dinner we went on talking.
    “These events”, the speaker went on to say….
    Al-Mufti went on to say: "Unfortunately, there are those that are trying hard to restore the old system of government in Iraq.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    go on to = start a new activity
    go on doing = you stopped ... and you resume the activity after a short break:

    First I provide the definitions then I will go on to give you some example sentences.
    Go on reading -- do not stop.

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    Exclamation Re: gerund or infinitive after "go on"?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the usage of gerund or infinitive after “go on” in the sentences bellow?

    (When we )Having invited to dinner we went on talking. (keep on talking)
    “These events”, the speaker went on to say….
    Al-Mufti went on to say: "Unfortunately, there are those that are trying hard to restore the old system of government in Iraq. (proceed to say)


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Both gerund and infinitive can follow ‘go on’ with little difference in meaning. With a gerund it means keep on doing something without any break while an infinitive means proceed with something and complete.

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