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Gerunds vs. Infinitives

Gerunds and infinitives are both verbal forms that act as nouns. Gerunds end in -ing, such as swimming, walking, or laughing. Infinitives are the basic verb form with the particle to, as in to swim, to walk, or to laugh.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether it's best to use a gerund or an infinitive in a sentence. Here are a few rules:

Both gerunds and infinitives can follow a verb, as in, "I don’t like losing," or, "I don’t like to lose." They can also both be the subject of a sentence, as in, "Catching a chicken is difficult," or, "To catch a chicken is difficult."

But only gerunds follow prepositions. For example, it’s correct to say, "I can’t leave a painting without finishing it," but it’s not correct to say, "I can’t leave a painting without to finish it."

Gerunds vs. Infinitives Grammar Quiz

  1. I cannot collect Easter eggs without them.

  2. movies is very expensive.

  3. Actors don't like time while they are on the set.

  4. into a good school can be difficult and expensive.

  5. My friend Charles doesn't like eating meat; he thinks animals deserve .

  6. I stopped a cigarette.

  7. Working the onion fields left him of onion juice.

  8. Are we talking about basketball on Saturday?

  9. She thought about moving, however she doesn't like in big cities.

  10. Michelle considered for more time to finish her book.

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Gerunds vs. Infinitives Lessons:

Had It Up To Here

Homemade Gifts

Hunting

Cabin Fever

Babies

Cocktails

Film Adaptations

Break A Leg

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isabel1989

Taiwan

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10:31 PM Mar 09 2014 |

jein

jein

Indonesia

thank you. It really helps me.

06:51 AM Nov 11 2013 |

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Phenny

Thailand

This lesson is  to improve my english and to understanding .

01:01 AM Aug 02 2013 |

padmarai96

India

i love walking in the morning.

02:47 AM Jun 18 2013 |

naira71

naira71

Azerbaijan

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03:44 AM Jan 25 2013 |

sravya maruboina

India

plz give me more examples …

08:43 AM Dec 04 2012 |

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Morocco

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09:11 AM Nov 22 2012 |

Alexien

Alexien

United Kingdom

this lesson may halp me How to U gerud verbs really Such as Eating, learning, washing and some thing like that

12:31 AM Sep 30 2012 |

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Belinassi

Brazil

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Azerbaijan

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03:13 AM Sep 15 2012 |