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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
edited November 2016 in Let's Practise and Learn
Here we could practise our grammar. I mean if you learnt something new and you want to practice that,
you could use this page.
What I'm about to do now. ;)


  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    The summary №1
    Gerund - verb+ing
    Infinitive - to+verb
    We use the gerund when we speak about things in general, and the infinitive for particular situations.
    Both are forms of verbs that act like nouns.
    Both can follow adjectives and other verbs, but the gerund also prepositions.
    When a verb follows a verb it can takes one of these form.
    Some verbs can take gerund or infinitive form without loosing the meaning.
    For e.g.
    He ended to play a game.
    He ended playing the game.
    But in other cases the use of these form can change the meaning.
    Post edited by Glorian on
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,954 mod
    @Glorian - I'm afraid your example is wrong. Are you trying to say, "He stopped doing something to play a game"?
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    I meant, he quit the game, finished the game. It might be computer game or board game. If I definitely did a mistake, could you correct me, @Lynne?
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
    Dear @Lynne, actually I didn't get the meaning of the second sentence. :/

    I forgot to feed the cat. (The cat is hungry - he has not been fed) <- it's ok, I got it.<br />I forgot feeding the cat. (The cat is ok - I fed him and then forgot about it) <- But here, hmm it's a bit confusing. If I forgot feeding the cat - how he might be ok? When I fed him - if I forgot feeding him? <img class="emoji" src="/resources/emoji/confused.png" title=":/" alt=":/" height="20" />
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
    Here is no less interesting amendment for the "Gerund & Infinitive" topic.
    The "ing" form must be used if a verb comes after a preposition:
    against, at, after, by, on, instead of, talk about, tired of, without
    (I'd like to ask you a question @Lynne , the gerund must be use after all preposition english has? Or just after those listed above?!) :#
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
    I just attemt to leave some examples below.
    I against saying bad word beside girls. (That's true, but sometimes I meet such a "good" girls!)
    I love my grandma, she's good at making a bakery! (I love her not due her bakery, generally she's awesome woman, mother, wife!)
    A boy ran outside after leaving a classroom.
    You could reach the bus by taking a taxi.
    We need to focus on learning!
    Clean the room instead of lying on a sofa.
    We can talk about earning money!
    I'm tired of wasting my time on boring job.
    We can't live without breathing an oxygen!

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