|1. Forget + to inf (=forget to do st)
I’m sorry, I forgot to lock the car
Forget + -ing form (=forget a past event)
We’ll never forget visiting Paris
2. Remember + to inf (=remember to do st)
Remember to read the instructions
Remember +-ing form (=recall a pass event)
I don’t remember meeting Al before
3. Mean + to inf (=intend to)
He mean to move the Newcastle
Mean +-ing form (=involve)
Working harder means getting more money
4. Go on + to-inf (=finish doing sth and start doing sth else) After finishing her BA, she went on to get a master’s degree.
Go on + -ing form (=continue)
She went on watching TV
5. Regret + to-inf (=be sorry to)
I regret to tell you that you have failed.
Regret + -ing form (=have second thoughts about sth already done)
I regret telling lies.
6. Would prefer + to-inf (specific preference)
I’d prefer to have an early night tonight
Prefer + -ing form (in general)
I prefer reading a book to watching TV
Prefer + to-inf + (rather) than + inf without to
I prefer to read a book (rather) than watch TV.
|7. Try + to-inf (=do one’s best; attempt)
She tried hard to cope with her new job.
Try + -ing form (=do sth as an experiment)
Try adding some more sauce to your pasta.
8. Want + to-inf (=wish)
I want to find a better job.
Want + -ing form (=sth needs to be done)
Your dress wants cleaning
9. Stop + to-inf (=pause temporarily)
He stopped to buy some milk on his way home.
Stop + -ing form (=finish, cease)
Stop talking to each other, please!
10. Hate+ to-inf (=hate what one is about to do)
I hate to interrupt, but I must talk to you.
Hate +-ing form (=feel sorry for what one is doing)
I hate making you feel uncomfortable
11. Be sorry + to-inf (=regret)
I’m sorry to hear he has been injured.
Be sorry + -ing form (= apologize)
I’m sorry for misunderstanding/having misunderstoodwhat you said