Here is a table with verbs which can be followed both by infinitives or gerunds...
Tip for learning all this: jot down in your notebook all the verbs you find most often in your textbook, sorting them out in a table!
|Verbs followed both by infinitive and gerund with or without a change of meaning|
|With no change of meaning|
|Begin/start (cf. stop, finish, keep)
Continue (but use "keep" + gerund, better)
|And we started to laugh
And we started laughing
|With a change of meaning|
|Verbs of likes and dislikes
like, don't like, enjoy, love, hate...
Special cases: prefer, fancy...
General likes (with present tenses): gerund
A like in a specific moment (with would): infinitive
I prefer going
I love going to the movies
I'd love to go to the movies this evening!
When the action following the verb happens/ed before the verb: gerund
When the action following the verb happens/ed after the verb: infinitive
|Remember: Hey, remember to post this! I remember climbing trees when I was a child.
Forget: I forgot to bring my keys. Don't forget to get some drinks.
Regret: I regret to inform you that there is a delay. I regret buying these boots -- they really hurt!
Pause, cease momentarily: infinitive
Stop for good, quit: gerund
On our way, we stopped to have sth to eat
Make an attempt (intentar): infinitive
Experiment (probar a): gerund
I tried to fix it, but had to call a mechanic
Try taking a couple of aspirins (giving advice)
There is more on this subject. Check out the Table of contents of Functional Grammar