Using the gerund form of the verb (-ing) and using the infinitive (to + base form of the verb) can be tricky. While there are some rules to follow, some usage is also idiomatic. This month, let’s explore some more common usage of gerunds and infinitives. Next month, we will explore these concepts a bit further.
The gerund (-ing):
The infinitive (to + base form of the verb):
Revision Tip: Look back through your most recent draft of your capstone document and check for correct gerund and infinitive usage. If you are not sure which is correct, look up the phrase in a corpus; see the SMRT Guide on Using a Corpus to Review for Grammar and Scholarly Voice. Make revisions as needed.