Gerund equals infinitive

Some verbs can be followed either by a gerund or by an infinitive and there is little or no difference in meaning between the two. The links lead to more detailed pages explaining the different uses and meanings of each verb.

Verbs which can be followed by a gerund, an infinitive, or a noun
  • allow
  • attempt
  • begin
  • bother
  • cease
  • continue
  • deserve
  • neglect
  • omit
  • permit
  • start
Examples
  • He began walking towards the museum.
  • He began to walk towards the museum.
  • He began his book.
Verbs which can be followed by a gerund, an infinitive, a noun, or a that-clause
Examples
  • I recommend arriving at 8:00.
  • I recommend that you arrive at 8:00.
  • I recommend you to arrive at 8:00.
  • I recommend this book.
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