Is a gerund and infinitive the same function?

It began raining.  It began to rain.

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  • 2 months ago
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    Gerunds, like infinitives, are often used as noun-like units, so there's a lot of overlapping between infinitives and gerunds, though in many cases usage allows only one construction.

        The infinitive is often used when the reference is specific and the gerund when it is more general.

    I don't like to telephone him at his office. ( on a specific occasion or matter ).

    I don't like telephoning him at his office. ( generally )

    In certain constructions, the gerund is used when the reference is to a past activity and the infinitive when it is to the future.

    I remember seeing him. ( past happening )

    You must remember to call on him. ( future act ).

    Your both sentences carry almost the same meaning.

  • 2 months ago

    I think they have the same function too. Gerund refers to things happening.. An infinitive can be suggestive of potential things occurring or developing.  I would use 'it started to rain' more often.

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