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List: Verbs that take a gerund or an infinitive.
Verbs that take a gerund or an infinitive with different meanings:

Begin

When 'begin' is used in non-continuous tenses, you can use a gerund or an infinitive: She began singing. She began to sing.
When 'begin' is used in continuous tenses, an infinitive is used:
She is beginning to sing.

Dread

'Dread' is usually followed by a gerund:
He dreaded facing his debtors.
'Dread' is sometimes used with infinitives such as 'think' or 'consider'.
He dreaded to think of the dangers of the trek in the Alps.
In this sentence 'dreaded to think' means 'did not want to think'.

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