Sunday, April 6, 2008

The difference between ‘stop’ followed by infinitives and gerunds

Look at the following sentences.
1 I stopped to buy newspapers from the shop. [‘stop’ followed by infinitive ‘to buy’]
2 I stopped buying newspapers from the shop.[‘stop’ followed by gerund ‘buying’]

The above two sentences are different in meanings.

In sentence 1, it means ‘ I stopped ( my car) and went into the shop to buy newspapers.’ whereas sentence 2 carries the meaning of ‘I did not want to buy newspapers from the shop anymore and so I stopped my action of doing so.’

See whether you can explain the meanings of the following pairs of sentences.
1 a) John stopped to smoke.
b) John stopped smoking.

2 a) She stopped to exercise in the garden.
b) She stopped exercising in the garden.

3 a) I stopped to talk to him.
b) I stopped talking to him.

3 comments:

Beth said...

Hello.. am just passing by. Have a great weekend.

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Andi said...

Hello,

I've been reading your blog for some time now. I really like it :)

I wonder if what you say in this post here is always true, especially in colloquial speech. I think sometimes people use the "stop to do something" form to express the end of a process too!? Not sure :D

Thanks a lot for this blog
Greetings from Germany
Andi