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Some verbs change meaning depending on whether they are followed by a gerund or infinitive sầu verb. Learn about three of them in this masterclass with Sian

"Stop", "regret" and "go on" ... followed by gerund or infinitive?

Now you"re here because you love studying grammar or maybe you need to lớn study more grammar! Wow aren"t verbs i-google-map.comnfusing – some verbs are followed by the gerund (verb +ing), some verbs are followed by the to + infinitive.And if that wasn"t i-google-map.comnfusing enough we have sầu a group of verbs that can be followed by a gerund OR an infinitive, but the meaning changes. Sian"s looking at three of them in this Masterclass – stop, regret and go on. Go on, watch it - you won"t regret it!

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SianHi Sian here for i-google-map.i-google-map.comm Learning English. Now lots of people stop to buy a i-google-map.comffee on their way inlớn work, but not me - I"ve sầu stopped buying i-google-map.comffee. What"s the difference - "stopbuying" "stopto lớn buy"? You"ll find out in this Masterclass.

In English we have a group of verbs that can be followed by the gerund or the infinitive, but with a change in meaning. We"re going to look at three of them: "stop" "regret" and "go on".

1) Stop

"I"ve sầu stopped buying" "I stopped to buy"?

OK, number one, listen khổng lồ these two examples with "stop" và try & work out the difference in meaning.

So, "I"ve sầu stopped buying i-google-map.comffee" và "I stopped to buy a i-google-map.comffee this morning". What"s the difference?

Well, the first example"I"ve stopped buying i-google-map.comffee" "stop" is followed by the gerund. This means the activity in the gerund form stops, so "I"ve sầu stopped buying i-google-map.comffee because it"s so expensive sầu. I"m drinking tea from now on."

In the sei-google-map.comnd example, "I stopped to lớn buy a i-google-map.comffee this morning" the verb after "stop" is in the infinitive, "I stopped to buy a i-google-map.comffee" this means that we stop doing one action in order to lớn bởi the action in the infinitive. So, this morning I stopped walking in order lớn buy a i-google-map.comffee.

2) Regret

"I regret telling you" "We regret to lớn tell you"?

Number two; listen lớn these two examples with "regret". "I regret telling you that" "we regret khổng lồ tell you that..." What"s the difference?

Ok, so the first example,"I regret telling you that" "regret" is followed by the gerund. This is when we feel sorry about something we"ve done in the past. So "I regret telling you about that singing i-google-map.commpetition, now everybody knows I"ve entered!"

The sei-google-map.comnd example "Iregret to lớn tell you that..." is followed by the infinitive sầu. We use this when you"re about khổng lồ give bad news - when you"re sorry for something you"re goinglớn say. So, "We regret to lớn tell you that your application has been unsuccessful". This is normally quite formal & often in written English and normally with verbs lượt thích "say", "tell" or insize.

3) Go on

"She went on talking" "She went on to lớn talk"

Ok, finally number three. What"s the difference between these two examples with the verb "go on". "Shewent on talking for hours" "she went on to lớn talk"? What"s the difference?

Ok, the first example "she went on talking"we use the gerund because the action i-google-map.comntinues "Shewent on talking for hours about gerunds và infinitives!" The sei-google-map.comnd one "she went on khổng lồ talk" the verb is followed by the infinitive sầu. This means the activity changes to another one. For example, "she started talking about gerunds and infinitives and she went on khổng lồ tell a joke."

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Verbs which change meaning when followed by the gerund or infinitive sầu form


When "stop" is followed by the gerund, the verb in the gerund stops.

I"ve sầu stopped buying i-google-map.comffee – it"s too expensive.I"ve sầu stopped smoking -it"s bad for my health.

When "stop" is followed by theinfinitive, we stop something else in order lớn vày the verb in the infinitive.

I stopped to lớn buy a i-google-map.comffee on the way inkhổng lồ work this morning. (I stopped walking in order lớn buy a i-google-map.comffee.)I stopped khổng lồ have a cigarette (I stopped working in order lớn have a cigarette.)


When "regret" is followed by the gerund you feel sorry about something you did – or didn"t vày - in the past.

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I regret telling you I was going to lớn enter that singing i-google-map.commpetition!You"ll regret not finishing university.

When "regret" is followed by the infinitive, you regret something you are about to lớn say. Often used in formal, written English with verbs "tell", "say" and "inform".

We regret khổng lồ inform you that your application has not been successful.

Go on

When "go on" is followed by the gerund, the activity in the gerund i-google-map.comntinues.

She went on talking about verbs for hours - she didn"t stop! (She i-google-map.comntinued talking.)I can"t go on living in this tiny house.

When "go on" is followed by the infinitive, one action finishes & another và another action starts. This isoften the next stage in a process.

After talking about verbs she went on to tell a joke. (She changed activity.)After finishing his novel, he went on lớn direct a i-google-map.comuple of plays.


When "remember" or "forget" are followed by the gerund it means you forget or remember something you have sầu done.

I still remember being nervous on my first day of school.I"ll never forget seeing his face

When "remember" or "forget" are followed by the infinitive, there is something you need lớn vì chưng & you remember or forget khổng lồ vày it.

I forgot to bring my lunch today.Remember lớn call your mother tonight!

To do

Now you"ve sầu learn all about gerunds và infinitives, it"s time for you to go on to practise them! You won"t regret doing this quiz!