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    gerund and infinitive

    When we should use `infinitive' and when we should use `gerund'

    e.g. I fail to win match
    I fail winning match.

    What is the difference in meaning?

    Also, what is the difference in the usage of `gerund' and `infinitive'?

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    Re: gerund and infinitive

    I fail to win match
    I fail winning match

    I am afraid that often it is just a question of learning whether a verb if followed by a gerund or an infinitive. There are verbs where you can use both and there is a difference in meaning:
    I stopped working.
    I stopped to have lunch.
    In the first, I did not work any more (one action). In the second, I stopped one thing so that I could do another (two actions).

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