Go to a Place But Don’t Go to an Action

I went to the classroom. You went to the classroom to study.

Hello, it has been a while.

I am just adding this because some of my students have had problems with ‘ing’ actions and ‘go’ verbs.

“He went to shopping.” MISTAKE.
“He went shopping.” CORRECT.

Go to a place but don’t go to an action.

Use ‘go to’, ‘went to’ or ‘gone to’ with places.

“I went to Paris.”

“She went to work.” (‘Work’ here is a place, where she does her job.)

Use ‘go to’, ‘went to’ or ‘gone to’ with a plain verb if someone goes somewhere to do something.

“I go out to the club on Thursday night. I go to dance.”

“I go to fish for dinner at the beach.”

Use ‘go’, ‘went’ or ‘gone’ without ‘to’ for activities in special places.

“They have gone swimming.” (Most people don’t have swimming pools at home.)

“My dad went bowling.” (I don’t know anyone with a bowling alley at home).

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, leave a comment.

Regrets

I regret making so many bad choices

Regrets are difficult for students to talk about.

What’s a regret? It’s wishing you could change the past by doing an action you didn’t do or by not doing an action you did do.

You can express regrets by using the verb ‘regret’ in the following way.

  • Using a gerund (‘~ing’ verb) and object:
  • “I regret playing video games instead of studying during high school.”

  • a negative gerund and an object:
  • “I regret not studying in high school.”

  • Using ‘that’ with a simple past-tense verb:
  • “I regret that I played games so much.”

    “I regret that I didn’t study.”

Share your regrets in the comments. I regret not studying German after secondary school.

Remember

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‘Remember’ is a confusing verb because learners get confused with infinitives and gerunds (~ing verbs behaving as nouns).

Remember + noun phrase

The easiest way of using ‘remember’ is with nouns or noun phrases.

I remember you.

I remember the time we went to the zoo.

Remember + infinitive

When an infinitive follows remember it refers to an uncompleted action (or an action not yet begun).

I must remember to post that letter tomorrow.

Did you remember to buy milk?

Remember + gerund

This refers to a completed action in one’s memory.

I can’t remember locking the door. I hope I did it.

I remember visiting Spain every time I drink sangria.

You can also use the present perfect after ‘remember’ by using ‘having’ followed by the participle form of the main verb.

I remember having sent the letter because I sent my mother’s birthday card at the same time.

Do you remember having read the play at school we went to the theater to watch Blood Brothers?

Belong or Belonging

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There are a few verbs in English that tend not to be used in their continuous (~ing) form. Belong is one of them. Simply, something belongs or it does not.

Examples:

He belongs to the rugby team. CORRECT

He is belonging to the rugby team. INCORRECT

There are two times when you can use ‘belonging’, one as a noun, one as a gerund (~ing verb used to describe an action as a noun)/

Noun

Whose belonging is this?

Even then, it is normally used as a plural (‘belongings’), or would be rephrased as:

Who does this belong to? (STRICTLY INCORRECT BUT MOST COMMONLY USED) OR

To whom does this belong? (CORRECT BUT SELDOM USED)

Gerund

I like belonging to the dance club at college.

Stop to Think About Whether You Need to Stop Thinking

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How to use ‘stop’ with another verb is difficult to remember for some students but there is an easy way to remember how to use it correctly.

Stop + infinitive

Using ‘stop’ with the infinitive (i.e. ‘stop to…’) means pausing because there is another different action that the person or thing does.

I had to stop to think about which way to go.

Will you stop to pick up some milk on the way home?

Stop + gerund

Using stop with a gerund (‘stop ..ing something) is generally used to talk about quitting something.

The doctor told him to stop smoking.

I need to stop working so hard.

Complications

Sometimes, using ‘..ing’ verbs that are not gerunds but continuous verbs make things difficult. If the ‘~ing’ does not come at the end of the clause or is not followed by a noun phrase then you may have a case like the one below, which is stop + infinitive.

I had to stop cooking to answer the telephone.

In infinitive forms, ‘and’ often replaces ‘to’.

I had to stop and think about which way to go.

I hope you don’t need to stop to think too much about how to use this verb in the future.