Welcome to your “Verb+ing” or “To + Verb” 1 lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• When do we use these forms?
• Verbs whose meanings change
• Verbs with no difference in meaning
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When do we use these forms?
Some verbs are followed by “verb+ing” and some are followed by “to + verb”. Here are some verbs usually followed by “verb+ing”:
Here are some verbs usually followed by to + verb:
Verbs whose meanings change
Some verbs can be followed by either “verb+ing” or “to + verb” with a difference of meaning:
|Remember + verb+ing means|
“I did it, and now I remember doing it”You “remember doing” something after you have done it.
|Remember + to + verb means|
“I remembered that I had to do it, so I did it”You “remember to do” something before you do it.
|Regret + verb+ing means|
“I did it and now I’m sorry about it”
|Regret + to + verb means|
“I’m sorry that I have to say something”
- Go on:
|Go on + verb+ing means|
“continue doing something”
|Go on + to + verb means|
“do or say something new”
Verbs with no difference in meaning
These verbs can be followed by either “verb+ing” or “to + verb” without a change in meaning:
“I started raining.” ↔ “It started to rain.”
“Don’t bother taking off your shoes.” ↔ “Don’t bother to take off your shoes.”
But we don’t normally use “verb+ing” after “verb+ing”:
“It’s starting to rain.”