|Verbs with infinitives and '-ing'|
from Argentina asks:
Why after some verbs (like decide) can you write to + the infinitive or sometimes the verbs ending with -ing?
For example: I decided to model.
I decided modeling.
is really a matter of learning which verbs take 'to-infinitive' clauses
and which take an '-ing' clause, Claudia.
For example, 'hope', 'expect', 'learn' normally take 'to-infinitive':
After some verbs, e.g. 'tell', 'advise', 'ask', 'to-infinitive' follows the object:
verbs, such as 'enjoy', 'finish', 'admit', 'mind', 'feel like', 'can't
help', 'look forward to' take an '-ing' clause:
is followed by an object + (from) + an '-ing' clause.
verbs such as begin, start, like, love, hate, continue, cease can
take either a 'to-infinitive' or an '-ing' clause and there is usually
little or no difference in meaning between them:
the meaning does change:
your example, 'decide to' would be the norm: