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stop to think vs. stop thinking #1 (permalink) Sun Oct 17, 2010 20:09 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #263 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (2)", question 3

She didn't stop ......... about her actions affect others.

(a) thought
(b) to think
(c) thinks
(d) think

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #263 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (2)", answer 3

She didn't stop to think about her actions affect others.

Correct answer: (b) to think

Your answer was: incorrect
She didn't stop think about her actions affect others.
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Hi,
Isn't the verb "stop" followed by -ing?
Like: "She didn't stop thinking about her actions affect others"?
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #2 (permalink) Sun Oct 17, 2010 22:57 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Not necessarily. It can be followed by something else, which changes the meaning.

He didn't stop worrying about what would happen. -- He worried all the time.
He didn't stop to worry about what would happen. -- He didn't even think about it.

They didn't stop looking for her -- they looked for her all the time.
They didn't stop to look for her -- They carried on without looking for her.
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #3 (permalink) Sun Oct 17, 2010 23:18 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Now it's clear!
Thank you!
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #4 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 10:23 am   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

about her actions affect others ->shouldn't it be: about her actions affecting or affected others?
is ,,affect'' in the sentence a noun or a verb?
thank you very much.
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #5 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 12:34 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Well spotted, Saneta.

That needs correction (I don't have access from where I am right now - perhaps someone else can take care of it before I get access later).
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #6 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 12:52 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Dear Beeesneees,
Could you only tell me shorty if it should be: afftecting or affrected others? I like more: affecting. And I will be patiently waiting for the correction in the sentence later.
thanks!
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #7 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 12:55 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

These are possibble ways of correcting it:

She didn't stop to think about how her actions affect others.
She didn't stop to think about her actions affecting others.
She didn't stop to think about how her actions affected others.
She didn't stop to think about how actions affect others.
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #8 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 12:58 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Saneta wrote:
about her actions affect others ->shouldn't it be: about her actions affecting or affected others?
'Affecting' would work, but 'affected' would not. It would also be possible to insert the word 'how':

-... about how her actions affect others.
There are further possibilities as well.

Saneta wrote:
is ,,affect'' in the sentence a noun or a verb?
It's a verb.

Oops! Bev was too quick... :-)
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #9 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 13:17 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Thank you both of you very much!!! The professional answers! Is Bev a name?
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #10 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 13:18 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Saneta wrote:
Is Bev a name?

Yep, it's short for Beverly. And it happens to be Beeesneees's name. =)
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #11 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 13:24 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

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Hi Amy,

I'm concerned with the grammar of this famous quote, the "of it's occuring" bit in particular.
Shouldn't the prossessive pronoun "its" be used in this case? Or even just "it?

Thanks!
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #12 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 14:48 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

I've made the change (affecting instead of affect).

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stop to think vs. stop thinking #13 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 18:28 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Saneta wrote:
Is Bev a name?
Our Tort System wrote:
Yep, it's short for Beverly. And it happens to be Beeesneees's name. =)

Not quite. It's not spelled like that. You missed an 'e' (I do like an e or two, you know!)
Beverley.
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #14 (permalink) Tue May 24, 2011 18:30 pm   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Our Tort System wrote:
Esl_Expert wrote:
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"The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again." ~ B. F. Skinner

Hi Amy,

I'm concerned with the grammar of this famous quote, the "of it's occuring" bit in particular.
Shouldn't the prossessive pronoun "its" be used in this case? Or even just "it?

Thanks!

My, you are sharp-eyed! Well-spotted, Tort.
Esl_expert seems to be using a random sig generator. Perhaps the quote is wrong in the software.
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stop to think vs. stop thinking #15 (permalink) Wed May 25, 2011 10:19 am   stop to think vs. stop thinking
 

Beeesneees wrote:
Not quite. It's not spelled like that. You missed an 'e' (I do like an e or two, you know!)
Beverley.

Sorry, a slip of the pen. ))

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Esl_expert seems to be using a random sig generator. Perhaps the quote is wrong in the software

Thanks! I have a good eye for things like "it's" vs "its" and "there" vs "they're" and so on. And I owe it all to the fact that I started off by reading (grammar books mostly) and back in the day I even thought that "too" and "to" sounded differently!
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