I have a good friend here in the Forum who wrote this to me in an email :
“I am really sorry for the inconveniences you’ve gone through and if you ask me you are better off having nothing to do with this site anymore. The Spam robbed you of your peace of mind, forget them and enjoy your life. There are other options available for improving your English though you definitely won’t need them.”
But I want to stay here. Unfortunately I am very loyal type, I balance what happened and at last I am attached to the well-tried course. What is the guarantee that another one could be better?
For example here is a good occasion to look over what I know the Verbs with gerund or infinitive.
I know there are verbs what I can use with a gerund or an infinitive but their meanings become different. Let me say some examples:
1. STOP (v)
a.)He stopped speaking.
b.)He stopped to speak to him.
2. MEAN (v)
a.) It means moving to another town.
b.)I didn’t mean to hurt you.
a.)I remember meeting the queen when I was 5.
I don’t remember switching of the light.
b.) Did you remember to switch off the TV?
4. FORGET (v)
a.) Did you really forget meeting him.
b.) I forgot to meet him at the station.
5. REGRET (v)
a.) I regret going to the reception.
I regret saying what I said.
b.)We regret to inform you that your application has been refused.
I regret to (to have to) day this.
6. DREAD (v)
1.)I dread going to the dentist.
2.)I dread to think what might happened.
7. [b]BE SORRY /b
1.) I was sorry for being so rude yesterday.
2.)I was sorry to hear that your son hadn’t been admitted to university.
8. TRY (v)
1.)I tried driving at a speed of 250 kph. It was terrifying.
I tried pushing the red button to start the machine, but it didn’t work that way .
2.)I tried to reach 250 kph, but the car couldn’t run faster than 220 kph.
I tried to push the red button but I couldn’t because it got stuck.
9. [b]GO ON /b
1.)He looked up for a moment then went on writing the letter.
2.)First he talked about the agriculture, then he went on to talk about the industry.
10. NEED (v)
1.)The flat needs cleaning.
The flat wants cleaning.
2.)I need to clean the flat.
I want to clean the flat.
11. BE INTERESTED IN (v)
1.)I’m interested in reading.
2.)I was interested to hear what had happened.
1.)The Gerund is useful, it can express both complete and incomplete action.
2.) The infinitive is useful when we want to emphasise that the action is complete.
Hello Alan, I took the examples from a Hungarian-English Grammar book. I would be grateful if I’ve made some mistakes please to correct them.Many thanks.