Use -ing• After prepositions and phrasal verbs. I’m tired of getting up early every day. I’ve just given up smoking.• As the subject of a sentence Eating out can be very expensive.• After some verbs. I can’t stand watching TV these days.
Common verbs + ing Enjoy, hate, finish, like,love, mind, practise, spend, stop, suggest and phrasal verbs.
Use to infinitive• After and adjective. The word “comfortable” is difficult to pronunce.• To express a reason or purpose. I’m saving to buy a new car (NOT FOR TO!!!!)• After some verbs. Try not to make a noise
Verbs + to infinitive Afford, agree, decide, expect, forget, help, hope, learn, need, offer, plan, pretend, promise, refuse, remember, seem, try, want, would like.There are more verbs which take infinitive + tothan those which are followed by ing.
Use infinitive without to• After modal verbs: can, must, may, might, should, etc.• After make and let. Mr Bean always makes me laugh. My mom doesn’t let me go out at night.
• These verbs can be followed by –ing or to: - begin - start - finish - prefer