Remember, Forget, Stop, Try: Gerund vs Infinitive Exercise

The verbs remember, forget, stop & try are the most common verbs which change their meaning in the gerund (-ing form) and the infinitive (to form of the verb).

Compare the following sentences:

REMEMBER 

    • to remember to do something is to not forget something that needs to be done
    • to remember doing something is to have a memory of something you have done

Example sentence: Remember to take a jacket.  Meaning: Don’t forget you need to take a jacket.
Example sentence:  She remembers taking her jacket.  Meaning: She has a memory of taking her jacket (i.e. she remembers the action of picking it up and putting it on).

FORGET

  • to forget to do something is to not remember something that you needed to do
  • to forget doing something is to have no memory of something you have done

Example sentence: He forgot to do his homework.  Meaning: He didn’t do his homework.  He forgot it was necessary.
Example sentence: He forgot going to Spain.   Meaning: He has no memory of going to Spain.  He was too young at the time.

STOP

    • to stop to do something is to stop for a reason or a purpose
    • to stop doing something is to stop an action in general or to stop an action at a moment in time

Example sentence: He stopped (walking) to talk to me.   Meaning: The reason he stopped was because he wanted to talk to me.
Example sentence: He stopped talking to me.    Meaning: He doesn’t talk to me anymore. / He stopped his conversation with me.

TRY

  • try to do something is to make an effort or an attempt to do something
  • try doing something is to experiment

Example sentence: Luis tried wakeboarding, surfing, diving and learning English in Australia.    Meaning: Luis experimented with wakeboarding, surfing, diving and learning English.
Example sentence: Luis became very good at wakeboarding but didn’t really try to learn English.  Meaning: He didn’t make an effort to learn English.

In the following multiple-choice exercise, choose the infinitive or gerund form of the verb that has the same meaning as the example sentence.

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Remember, Forget, Stop, Try Gerund vs Infinitive Exercise

1 / 20

The car is broken.

2 / 20

Dinner wasn't ready because she didn't turn on the oven. She forgot.

3 / 20

I rang but no one answered so I knocked on the door.

4 / 20

I fell asleep during the film but I wanted to stay awake.

5 / 20

He closed his ears. He didn't listen to me anymore.

6 / 20

Please be quiet. I want to concentrate.

7 / 20

It's important for me to study.

8 / 20

He didn't call Maria. He forgot.

9 / 20

The room is too small even though I moved the table.

10 / 20

She wanted to reach the shelf but she was too short.

11 / 20

She wanted to do her English homework but she forgot about it.  She didn't do it.

12 / 20

That shirt is clean.

13 / 20

He talked to the police officer after the accident. He has not forgotten the conversation.

14 / 20

He didn't continue walking because he needed to clean his glasses.

15 / 20

He was too young when we travelled. He doesn't remember.

16 / 20

The hunter stopped. He wanted to clean his gun.

17 / 20

He said that he put the phone in the small pocket of his bag.

18 / 20

We attempted to put out the fire but we didn't manage.

19 / 20

I couldn't move the table because it was too heavy.

20 / 20

She needed to speak to her English teacher. She didn't forget.

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