Dear experts,

Would you confirm that the use of gerund or infinitive in the sentences below is not random (i.e. gerund and infinitive are not interchangeable there) without detriment to the meaning:

regret doing something
regret to do something

regret doing something - feel sorry to have done smth.: I don't regret leaving my last job at all.

regret to do something - be sorry that one must do smth.: Dr. Wimpole regrets to say that he cannot answer readers' letters.

remember doing something
remember to do something

remember doing something - keep in mind smth. that one has done: We remembered seeing many little country churches with ancient horse sheds still at the rear.

remember to do something - bear in mind smth. that one has to do: They kept the Ford out in the street in front of the house. It worked all right if they remembered to get it filled with anti-freeze.

stop doing something
stop to do something

stop doing something - cease or give up doing smth.: The teachers had stopped attending to pupils who would certainly pass or certainly fail and were concentrating on the borderline cases.

stop to do something - pause in order to do smth.: He stopped to watch a half-dozen of the boys playing blackjack.

Thank you,
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