Uso de "stop"

La construcción verbal con "stop" + "gerund" implica que una acción en progreso se termina. No existe una relación causal entre los dos verbos empleados.

Ejemplos
  • I stopped working for them last year.
  • I have stopped cycling to work.
  • Could you stop bringing your dog to the office?
  • He stopped eating meat in January.

La construcción verbal "stop" + infinitivo significa que se interrumpe una actividad para hacer otra cosa, es decir, el infinitivo se emplea para expresar el propósito de dicha interrupción.

Ejemplos
  • I stopped to have lunch at 12:00.
  • It's difficult to concentrate on what you are doing if you have to stop to answer the phone every five minutes.
  • We stopped to look at the wildflowers.
  • I stopped to take a break, but I'll start again soon.