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stop doing vs stop to do

Stop doing vs stop to do

Stop doing vs stop to do

  1. He stopped eating his lunch.
  2. He stopped to eat his lunch.

What’s the difference?

Sentence 1 means that he was eating lunch and he stopped the action of eating.

Sentence 2 means that he was doing something (e.g. driving, working, etc.) and he stopped in order to eat.


  • We use ‘stop + verb+ing’ to show that an action stops.
  • We use ‘stop + infinitive with to’ to show that we stop an action so as to start a different one.

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