Verb patterns – gerund (to…) vs. infinitive (-ing)

Below are some notes and examples of the correct use of verb patterns in English.

Look at the sentences and explanations in the PDF to see how to use the gerund and infinitive forms correctly (also known as ‘to’ vs. ‘ing’).
Example: He told me he would like to explore south-west England one summer holiday.
Gerund vs infinitive to vs. 'ing' form English verbs
In the next example, the choice of verb patterns – gerund (to…) vs. infinitive (-ing) has different meanings:

I was walking down the road and stopped to talk to my friend’
– INFINITIVE

compared with:

‘Jack and Jill had an argument and stopped talking to each other for four days’
– ‘-ING’ FORM

Click here for .pdf notes, examples and exercises to practise

gerund versus infinitive in English — to and -ing forms

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Gerund vs infinitive to vs. 'ing' form English verbs

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