Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Anonymous Guest

    to infinitive and gerund

    Hello Teachers,

    what is the difference in meaning between the two sentences:

    1) I wish you'd stop talk to me.
    2) I wish you'd stop talking tome.

    and between:

    1) I tried to push the car.
    2) I tried pushing the car.

    Thanks in advanbce.

  2. #2
    Tdol is online now Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,163
    1) I wish you'd stop talk to me. Incorrect- I think you might mean 'to talk', which means that you would like the other person to stop something in order to talk to you.

    2) I wish you'd stop talking to me. - You don't want the person to talk to you any more.


    1) I tried to push the car. - You wanted to push the care, but were not able to get it to move.

    2) I tried pushing the car. - You pushed the car, but didn't achieve what you wanted.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •