Verbs Followed By-Ing or To Infinitive

The Same Meaning

The following verbs or expressions are usually followed by -ing or to infinitive. They have the same meaning.
  • begin
  • start
  • intend
  • continue
  • love
  • can't bear
  • can't stand

Let's see the following examples :
  1. The president began talking.  Or The president began to talk.
  2. My girlfriend started crying.  Or My girlfriend started to cry.
  3. I intend marrying her.   Or I intend to marry her.
  4. They continued arguing about who have done the corruption. Or They continued to argue about who have done the corruption.

Different Meaning

The following verbs are usually followed by -ing or to infinitive. However, they have different meaning.
  • remember
  • try
  • like
  • forget

You remember/forget to do something before you do it.  You remember/forget doing something after you do it
Let's the following examples :
  1. Please remember to lock the door before you leave the house while I'm away.
  2. I remembered locking the door of my house but I didn't remember where I put the key. So, I couldn't enter the house.
  3. Don't forget to call me when you get there.
  4. My grandfather was searching for his money. He thought he lost it. In fact, he forgot spending it buying newspapers. 

You try to do something means you make an effort to do something. You try doing something means you do something as an experiment.
Let's see the following examples :
  1. I wanted to watch Barca versus Real Madrid last night. I tried to keep my eyes open but I coudn't.
  2. My baby kept on crying last night. I tried giving him milk but it didn't help. He continued crying.
You like to do something means you find it right  to do something. You like doing something means you enjoy doing something.


In this exercise you have to choose the -ing or to infinitive !

  1. When I was five, I remembered ( going , to go ) to Paris with my parents.
  2. On the way to school, please don't forget ( posting, to post ) this letter for me.
  3. She could remember ( driving, to drive ) the car before the accident happened. 

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