AS THE SUBJECT OR OBJECT OF A SENTENCE
AFTER CERTAIN VERBS LIKE ENJOY, LIKE, HATE ( being the direct object)
I’m good at cycling.
I love travelling.
( be used to and get used to )
AFTER CERTAIN VERBS LIKE WANT, DECIDE, AFFORD…
I want to buy a new car.
AFTER ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
I’m happy to see you.
TO EXPLAIN PURPOSE
I came to England to study English.
ALLOW ( object)
WITH DIFFERENCE IN MEANING
REGRET + ING: looks back at the past. You’re sorry.
I regret lying to you
REGRET + TO: used when you want to announce bad news.
I regret to tell you that you’re fired.
TRY + ING: to talk about making an experiment.
I tried sending her flowers but she wouldn’t talk to me.
TRY + TO: making an effort to do something difficult ( you can use both –ing or to)
They tried to escape.
REMEMBER/FORGET + ING: looks back at the past
I remember meeting John Lennon. I won’t forget meeting Ringo.
REMEMBER/ FORGET + TO: looks forward in time ( at things that you have or still had to do at the moment
of remembering / forgetting
Remember to phone John. I forgot to buy some coffee
STOP + ING : you stop doing something forever
I stopped smoking 15 years ago ( I gave up smoking, lo dejé completamente para siempre)
STOP + TO : you stop doing something to do something else.
I stopped to rest ( Paré para descansar, luego seguí)