Remember the infinitive form? We explained that some post ago, but in this case we’ll retake it to explain how use it in the case to give advice.
The to + infinitive after these verbs expresses purpose as it replaces a purpose clause, while the gerund is the object of the verb and refers to a completed action.
- Don’t forget to meet her at 10 this morning. (= You should meet her at 10…)
- I’ll never forget meeting her for the first time. (= I’ll never forget when I met her the first time.)
- When you were in London did you remember to visit the British Museum? (= …did you remember that you should visit the British Museum?)
- I don’t remember ever visiting this museum. (= I don’t remember if I have ever visited this museum.)
- We regret to tell you that your application has been rejected. (= We are sorry that we have to tell you…)
- I regret telling her about the party. (= I am sorry that I have told her about the party.)
- Wherever you are, go on to read the next chapter. (= Continue with the next chapter.)
- Go on reading the article. (= Continue reading the article.)
- We stopped to drink a cup of coffee. (= We stopped in order to drink a cup of coffee.)
- Why don’t you stop drinking coffee? (= Why don’t you give up drinking coffee?)
- I tried to give up smoking but I couldn’t. (= I made an attempt to give up smoking but I failed.)
- I tried giving up smoking but it didn’t help. (= I gave up smoking but it didn’t help.)
After these verbs to + infinitive expresses future, while the gerund refers to past, relative to the time of the verbs.
Keep studying and See you next time.