Infinitive vs. Gerund

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 they keys aren't there.

Remember

  GERUND INFINITIVE
I remembered posting / having posted the letters. I remembered to post the letters.
meaning: I remembered that I had posted the letters. I remembered that I should post the letters.

Regret

  GERUND INFINITIVE
I regretted leaving the company after ten years. We regret to inform you that you are dismissed.
meaning: I wished I hadn't left the company. I am very sorry to inform you that you are dismissed.

Try

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

Stop

  GERUND INFINITIVE
I stopped smoking. I stopped to smoke.
meaning: I gave up smoking. I stopped in order to have a smoke.

Go on

  GERUND INFINITIVE
He went on talking about his holidays. He went on to talk about his holidays.
meaning: He carried on talking about his holidays. He started talking about his holidays.
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