Verbs: gerund | infinitive

Questions
Overview

Some verbs can only be followed by the -ing form of a verb while other verbs can only be followed by the infinitive form. Other verbs can be followed by -ing or infinitive depending on the intended meaning. 

Examples:

  • Going on holiday involves packing your bags.
  • She decided to sell her car.
  • He stopped to smoke. (i.e. he was walking along the street and then stopped so that he could smoke).
  • He stopped smoking. (i.e. He decided that smoking is unhealthy and he wanted to quit)
Further learning
Description Author Language
The difference between 'remember + infinitive' vs. 'remember + -ing' BBC Learning
A summary of how to approach learning gerund vs. infinitive Teacher Fernanda
An overview and some helpful extra grammar rules. Anglo-link
Some helpful examples with try, stop, remember and forget. papateachme
An overview of all of the uses of gerund (-ing) and the infinitive. perfect-english-grammar.com
The difference between 'stop + infinitive' vs. 'stop + -ing' BBC Learning

Sources

This grammar section includes materials sourced from the following: Grammarnet,