Verbs taking -ing and to do

With Same and Different Meanings

 

Same or Similar Meaning

 

  • Start, started, started
    • We started to drive to Cincinatti after we dropped of the gift.
    • We started driving to Cincinatti after we dropped off the gift.

 

  • Begin, began, begun
    • We began to hope for better weather when the sun came out.
    • We bagan hoping for better weather when the sun came out.

 

  • Continue, continued, continued
    • I continued to speak, but they kept talking over me.
    • I continued speaking, but they kept talking over me.

 

Different Meaning

 

  • Stop, stopped, stopped
    • I stopped to pick up dinner at McDonalds.
    • I stopped picking up the toys. I had decided the kids needed to do that.

 

  • Try, tried, tried

 

    • I tried to tell you my thoughts, but you wouldn’t listen.
    • I tried telling you my thoughts, but they didn’t make sense to you.

 

  • Mean, meant, meant
    • I meant to go to the store on the way home, but I forgot.
    • I meant going to the store is a good idea. Why don’t you do that on the way home?

 

Practice: 

Instructions:

  1. Choose one verb from each section and form two sentences similar to those in the examples.
  2. Post your sentences on a forum and ask others to give feedback.