infinitive vs. gerund

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blue_jay975

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Hi there!

I've got a few questions about an infinitive and a gerund.
What differences do an infinitive and a gerund have? And when is it proper to use an infinitive and a gerund?

Example:
1. I love to travel.
2. I love traveling.

Any help would be most welcome. Thanks!
 

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Hi blue_jay975

The difference in meaning is very, very slight:

1. I love to travel. -> I love to do something.
2. I love traveling. -> I love something.

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I love to travel and see foreign countries.

I love traveling by train. It's so much more relaxing than going by car.

"I hate to disagree, but I think you are completely wrong when you say..."
"People can get upset really easily. I know, in conversation, I hate disagreeing with anyone in case they feel offended."
 

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Be careful as sometimes the meanings can be very different.

He stopped to smoke.
He stopped smoking.
 

ovair

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I have something for you guyz.



I use (ed) to wear like this in my colledge.

I use (ed) wearing like this.

please tell me if verb is in past tense what would be the meaning of ing sentence.?

thanks and appreciated.!:up:
 

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Hi ovair

Used to refers to the past.
Ex: I used to wear may hair like this in college.

Be use to +ing" means accustomed to.
Ex: I am use to wearing my hair like this.

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Hi ovair

Used to refers to the past.
Ex: I used to wear may hair like this in college.

Be/get used to +ing" means accustomed to.
Ex: I am used to wearing my hair like this.

:-D;-)
typo;-)
 

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Judy moved to England a few years ago. Meanwhile, she is used to driving on the left.
Her husband is often away from home. But she doesn't mind it. She is used to him being away. She is used to being alone.
We bought a smaller car yesterday. I think it'll take us some time to get used to it (the car).

When you are used to something, it's not new or strange for you.

Here, 'to' is a preposition, not a part of the infinitive.
 
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