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Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infinitive (Direct Object)

 May 17, 2001


 Some common verbs are followed by either a gerund or an infinitive. But the changes depending on which one is chosen. Here are three of the verbs: forget, remember, stop.

 

For these verbs, an infinitive used after the verb is for an action that happens AFTER the action in the main verb. A gerund after the main verb means the action happens BEFORE the action of the main verb.

Examples of verbs followed by gerund or infinitives (meaning change)

I forgot to come for the test. (First action: forgetting) 
He will never forget coming late for the test. (First action: coming)

I remembered to go home to see my mother. (First action: remembering) 
I remembered going home to see my mother. (First action: going)

I stopped to tell her that she was the best mother. (First action: stopping) 
I stopped telling her after she gave me a hug. (First action: telling)

Paragraph Assignment

Write a short paragraph (or some sentences) about something you forgot to do.

Use all three verbs (forget, remember, stop ) in your writing. Use both the gerund and the infinitive form of one of the verbs. 

Write a topic sentence, indent five spaces, and please, double space your writing.

Teacher Writing sample on this topic.



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