Now we are going to learn the verbs which can take both forms but change their meaning. So, learn the following rules if you don’t want to confuse your opponent and be misunderstood.
I need to go to the shop again. I forgot to buy some milk. (milk wasn’t bought, I forgot about it)
It is her birthday tomorrow. Don’t forget to call her.
Forget + -ing form – it means to forget the process, so we don’t remember if we did something or not.
I will never forget jumping with the parachute for the first time. (I will never forget the process)
I forgot locking the door. I need to check it again. (the door may be closed as well as open)
The next word has the same logic:
Do you remember to tell them about the meeting? (You haven’t done it yet and I ask if you remember that you need to do it)
Remember + -ing form – remember the process.
I remember sending the email. Why haven’t you got it? ()
She didn’t mean to insult you.
Mean + -ing form – involve
This work means travelling a lot.
We regret to inform you that you haven’t passed the test.
Regret + -ing form – it means to feel sorry about some action.
She regrets selling her car.
They stopped to buy some water, then continued driving.
Stop + -ing form – to finish, give up.
I decided to stop eating sweets because I don’t want to put on weight.
I tried to lift the bag, but it was too heavy.
Try + -ing form – try something as an experiment.
I have a terrible headache. I tried taking some painkiller, but it doesn’t work.
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