Using a gerund suggests that you are referring to real or recurring activities or experiences.

Using an infinitive suggests that you are talking about potential or possible activities or experiences.
So If you like to eat ice cream all the time. This is an actual action you are doing or experiencing. Then you could say: "I like eating ice cream". But if you don't usually eat ice cream, but suddenly thought of eating one ,then you are talking about a potential action. You could say: "I like to eat ice cream. But infinitive can also refer to recurring activities by adding a phrase at the end like I like to eat ice cream everyday.

Examples: "She had fun skiing".When you need to decide which one to use. or only to infinitives. Examples: "Let's go shopping". Examples: "I will talk with you before going to lunch" "I am looking forward to working with you". After a preposition you should use a gerund. "He wasted all his time worrying". "They went skiing". If the verb is not on any of the lists. "spend" and "waste" take a gerund. first check whether the main verb is limited only to gerunds. you can use the following guidelines: The word "go" + sports or recreational activities usually take a gerund. . Expressions with the words "have".

"She was shocked to learn the truth". .In many cases. "He left to catch the train". Examples: "We are here to help". the infinitive form is used to show the intention or purpose. The infinitive form is also used to show the reason. Examples: "we were sad to hear about your difficulties".

Does it describe a general or potential action? Then use an infinitive. I truly love painting". "I love to paint.If neither of these guidelines apply. . I wish I would paint more often". Examples: "As a painter. simply use the principle : Does it describe a concrete action? Then use a gerund.

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