Last month’s tip of the month was on some common usage of gerunds and infinitives. This month, let’s dig a little deeper into gerund and infinitive usage.
Some verbs can be followed by either a gerund or an infinitive and the meaning of the sentence does not change. Examples of these verbs include begin, continue, hate, like, love, and start. For example,
However, for some other verbs that can be followed by either a gerund or infinitive, the choice of the gerund or infinitive creates a difference in meaning. Examples of these verbs include forget, remember, stop, and try. For example,
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.