Some verbs take on gerunds and some infinitives. In some cases, both can be used. Is there any method to memorise it? For example; I like getting wet in the rain and I like to get wet in the rain. Could you tell me the difference between the two?
In your example, the verb 'like' is used. It is one of the verbs that can take either a gerund or an infinitive as its object. Just search for 'verbs that take gerunds' and 'verbs that take infinitives'. As Z.A. Jazley points out above, sometimes there is a semantic difference between a gerund and an infinitive.
|link comment||answered Jun 23 at 23:38 Ahmad Barnard Expert|
These are some of the verbs that take on gerund or to+infinitive without any differences in the meaning.
begin, continued, hate, like, dislike, love etc
A gerund should be used with the following infinitives.
stop, delay, fancy, consider, admit, miss, involve, imagine etc
With some infinitives, gerund or to+infinitive can be used but the meaning is different.
I remember meeting him ten years ago. ( I met in the past and I remember it now.)
I remember to meet him at the railway station. ((I have not met him yet.)
With the infinitive need or want, the gerund has the passive meaning.
His hair needs cutting. (His hair needs to be cut.)
|link comment||answered Jun 23 at 06:29 Z. A. Jazley Contributor|
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