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Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infinitive (Direct Object)
May 13, 1999


Some common verbs are followed by either a gerund or an infinitive. The meaning, however, 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
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Teacher Writing Sample



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