The following example is based on
an exercise in using the verbs, "remember," "forget," and "stop"
with gerunds and infinitives. It was written during a
exercise in Advanced Composition. Note how meaning
changes depending on the use of infinitive or gerund (time of
action of the verb).
A Helpful Friend?
Recently, I helped a friend with some
electrical work at her house. Unfortunately, because I forgot
to check everything carefully before I left, she had a
problem with her circuit. Putting wires together in a receptacle
is a fussy task. Each wire must be of similar length, and the
wire nut used to keep the wires in one group is hard to put
together successfully. Usually, I remember to check
the circuit, but this time I was tired and didn't take the
proper precautions. I will never forget causing
my friend a lot of trouble, especially since she lives on
Vancouver Island. She needed to ask a friend to help her
refasten the wires inside her receptacle. I only wish that I had
stopped to tell myself to be careful! Luckily, she
could continue to use her house until her circuit was fixed,
although she had to wait for the help of a sympathetic
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