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Stop + infinitive vs. Stop + ing

infinitive: to + verb; the verb is not conjugated

penny: one cent in U.S. currency.

STOP + ing: WHAT you stop doing

 

It can be something that you stop doing permanently or temporarily.

 

Stop Permanently

to pick your nose: to stick your finger in your nose to remove mucus; the mucus in your nose is sometimes called “boogers”, especially by children

(my brother)

to lie through one’s teeth: to tell a lie without feeling embarrassed or bad about it

 

Stop Temporarily

STOP + infinitive: WHY you stop

You can use both "stop + ing" and "stop + infinitive" in the same sentence.

 

I stopped reading my book to answer my phone.

 

I stopped working to get a snack.

 

I stopped cooking to go for a walk with the tiger.

 

An easy way to remember the difference between stop + ing and stop + infinitve is to remember:

 

stop      +     to                  +     verb (infinitive)  is similar to:

stop      +     in order to   +     verb

 

in order to: with the purpose of doing something

 

I stopped walking to stare at the trees. = I stopped walking in order to stare at the trees.

Sam stopped walking (in order) to smell the flowers.

The tiger stopped walking (in order) to scratch his nose.