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    leaked information began circulating

    (A): Several days later, the leaked information began to circulate on the Internet.

    (B) Several days later, the leaked information began circulating on the Internet.

    In (A), 'began to circulate':
    - 'began' is the verb?
    - 'to circulate' is ?

    In (B), 'began circulating':
    - 'circulating' is?

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    Re: leaked information began circulating

    This goes a little bit into technical English grammar.

    Here, (A) "began" is a verb and "to circulate" is an infinitive. (B) circulating is a gerund.

    I know the terms but I am not an English teacher. You could wait for someone else with more knowledge about infinitives and gerunds to chime in or you could google the terms. There are a lot of resources out there.

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    Re: leaked information began circulating

    I wonder if there is any difference between the two sentences, written in (v + infintive) or (v + gerund). It seems both are grammatically correct. Are they?

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    Re: leaked information began circulating

    There is no difference in meaning.

    'Begin' is a catenative verb, a verb that can be followed directly by another verb. Some verbs are followed only by an infinitive (I hope to go next week); others are followed only by an -ing form (I enjoy cooking).

    A small number of verbs, such as 'begin' can be followed by either form, with no change of meaning.

    An even smaller number of verbs, including 'try', stop' and 'remember' can be followed by either form, but the two forms have different meanings.

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