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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. Working the onion fields left him of onion juice.

  7. Are we talking about basketball on Saturday?

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

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

  10. I stopped cigarettes last year.

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09:38 AM Oct 20 2010 |

Holmes nash phil


Agerund had the same form as the presnt participle but has adifferent functions..
-Agerund function as anoun and it can be as *(subject, an object or an object of apreposition).
Infinitive phrase can function as anoun phrase (an adjective or an adverb. Try to check types of infinitive phrase and read them all.

11:01 AM Jul 27 2010 |



good but it dosn;t explain a lot  

04:08 PM Jun 10 2010 |

shah Rukh


very interesting

11:41 AM May 14 2010 |

just a person

United Arab Emirates

i like it

11:52 AM May 01 2010 |



i hate loving you :))

05:46 AM Apr 20 2010 |




i just finished studying Maths!

For gerunds

i can't bear

i can't stand

-i finished


+V ing always!

03:11 AM Feb 23 2010 |


United Arab Emirates

we'll take this lesson after tomorrow…....... thanks I understood it.

10:17 AM Feb 20 2010 |




At last I understand it!  

06:27 PM Jan 15 2010 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

good explanation i liked it .


10:39 PM Dec 29 2009 |