Gerund and infinitive - differences

There are some verbs after which there is a difference in meaning after using gerund or infinitive form of the verb.

Forget

  GERUND INFINITIVE
He forgot leaving the keys at home. He forgot to leave the keys at home.
meaning: He forgot the fact that he left the keys at home. He forgot to leave the keys at home so the keys weren't there.

Remember

  GERUND INFINITIVE
I remembered posting / having posted the letters. I remembered to post the letters.
meaning: I remembered the fact that I posted the letters I didn't forget to send the letters.

Regret

  GERUND INFINITIVE
I regretted leaving the company after ten years. We regret to inform you that you are dismissed.
meaning: I was very sorry that I left the company. We are very sorry to inform you that you are fired.

Try

  GERUND INFINITIVE
Try holding your breath to stop sneezing. You really must try to overcome your shyness.
meaning: Make an experiment Make an attempt to overcome your shyness.

Stop

  GERUND INFINITIVE
I stopped smoking. I stopped to smoke.
meaning: I ceased smoking and now I don't smoke. I stopped in order to smoke.

Go on

  GERUND INFINITIVE
He went on talking about his holidays. He went on to talk about his holidays.
meaning: He continued talking about his holidays. He started talking about his holidays as a new topic.
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