Try + doing or to do; Know more such patterns with more words

Forget        Try      Mean      Go on          Stop                       Remember           Regret







    Forget

    (Forget + -ing form)
    • I'll never forget hearing this piece of music for the first time.
    • I forgot paying the bill.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word forget, it means forget an earlier action.
     (Forget + to+infinitive)
    • You should not forget to write.
    When to + infinitive follows the word forget, it means  forget to do a future action.



    Try

    (Try + ing form)
    • John is not here. Try phoning his sister.
    • I don't know where she is. Try calling her on her phone.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word try, it means do something different again and again to see what will happen
    (Try + to+infinitive)
    • We tried to get tickets but the show was sold out.
    • You should even try once to do it.
    When to + infinitive follows the word try, it means make an effort to do something difficult.



    Stop

    (Stop + ing form)
    • They stopped making fac machines about ten years ago.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word try, it means finish an action
    (Stop + to+infinitive)
    • We stopped to get water.
    • We should stop near the bookshop to take some books.
    When to + infinitive follows the word try, it means finish one action in order to do another one.




    Remember 

    (Remember + ing form)
    • Do you remember playing football for the first time.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word remember, it means remember an earlier action.
    (Remember + to+infinitive)
    • Remember to call me when you arrive.
    When to + infinitive follows the word remember, it means remember to do a future action.



    Mean

    (Mean + ing form)
    • What did she mean leaving so early.
    • This work means living in village.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word mean, it means involves or will result in.
    (Mean + to+infinitive)
    • The students mean to finish their project by sunday.
    When to + infinitive follows the word mean, it means intend or to do something or you are supposed to.



    Regret

    (Regret + ing form)
    • I am very regret getting that you have lost your job.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word regret, it means feel sorrow about the past.
    (Regret + to+infinitive)
    • Our company regret to inform you of cancellation of discount coupons.
    • I regret to inform you that your husband is no more.
    When to + infinitive follows the word regret, it means announce bad news. The pattern is used to say in a polite or formal way that you are sorry or sad about a situation.



    Go on

    (Go on + ing form)
    • They went on playing cricket.
    When a verb in ing form follows the word go on, it means continue.
    (Go on + to+infinitive)
    • After meeting, PM shall go on to visit museum.
    When to + infinitive follows the word go on, it means change to another action.
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