A: What terrible weather I simply can't get the car ______.

B: Why not try ______ the engine with hot water?

① starting ; to fill ② start ; filling ③ started ; to fill ④ to start ; filling

Which is correct answer?

What is difference between infinitive and gerund ??

Regards, Terry
You need 4. get the car to start / try filling the engine ...
You're using try within a suggestion, so the -ing form is the best choice. Both 2 and 4 have filling, but you can't use 2 because the grammar of get is that you need get [noun] to [verb].
Infinitives have the base form of the verb with to: to try, to fill, ...
Gerunds are the -ing forms (used as a nouns): trying, filling, ...
From the viewpoint of auto mechanics, I don't think either answer is correct! Emotion: smile
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Hi Jim,
What if the word is "move" instead of "start"? Should we say "get the car moving" or "get the car to move"?
PterShould we say "get the car moving" or "get the car to move"?
Either one is OK in this case.
start (in this context) is an achievement. It happens in an instant.

move (in this context) is an activity. It takes place over a period of time.
For achievements, it's get X to Y. get the car to start; get the car to stop.
For activities, it's get X to Y or get X Ying. get the car [to move / moving]; get the car [to run / running]. Of the two, the -ing form is probably used more; it emphasizes activity more.
Is it wrong to say "I can't get the car started"?

I believe I hear that a lot on colloquial English, which in turn makes me inclined to use it on a regular basis...


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AnonymousIs it wrong to say "I can't get the car started"?
No. That's OK.