Grammar: gerund or infinitive

Watch a recording of our LearnEnglish webinar on the topic of motivation at work. It reviews and practises when to use the gerund or infinitive and is for B1 level learners.


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Submitted by disconzi on Fri, 16/12/2022 - 20:35


Hi Team,

In the below two examples:
1 - People use their phones to take photos.
2 - People use their phones for taking photos.
If we should use the gerund after prepositions, what is the explanation for the fist example?

Thanks in advance.


Hi Mara,

In the first sentence 'to' is not a preposition but rather a particle forming the infinitive 'to take'. The verb pattern here is >use (sth) + to infinitive<.


I hope that helps to clarify it.



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Submitted by Ahmed Imam on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 09:09


Hello. Could you please help me? Which choice is correct? Why?
- If you want to stay healthy, you should try (to do - doing) more exercise
Thank you.

Submitted by Bassamtaweel on Thu, 27/10/2022 - 20:15


Motivation is one of reasons but not all reasons

Submitted by mug006 on Fri, 24/06/2022 - 15:17


Is there any trick to guess when to use gerund or infinitive?