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    to speak/ speaking

    When I stopped (speaking/to speak) to Mary, she was picking some flowers in her garden.

    What should be the sentence and why ?

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    Re: to speak/ speaking

    What do you want the sentence to mean?

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    Re: to speak/ speaking

    Actually I got this sentence in the test, so I don't know what it wants to mean. But it has "to speak" as a correct answer. Now please explain.

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    Re: to speak/ speaking

    Both are possible.

    When I stopped speaking to Mary ... - At the time that I became silent ...
    When I stopped to speak to Mary ... - At the time that I stopped whatever I was doing so that I could begin speaking to Mary ...

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    Re: to speak/ speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    When I stopped (speaking/to speak) to Mary, she was picking some flowers in her garden.

    What should be the sentence and why ?

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    The verb "stop" is one that has a dramatically different meaning when it takes a gerund or an infinitive.

    When I stopped smoking = when I gave up cigarettes.
    When I stopped to smoke = when I stopped doing what I was doing to have a cigarette.

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