Propose + gérondif veut dire suggérer. Dans ce schéma, il a le même sens que quand il est suivi d'une proposition introduite par that ou par un nom.

Exemples
  • John proposed going to the debate.
  • I proposed having lunch together.
  • Who proposed eating at this restaurant?
  • I propose that we buy a smaller car.
  • I propose buying a smaller car.
  • I would like to spend less on gas. I propose a smaller car.

Propose + l'infinitif présente une intention.

Exemples
  • The Government proposes to bring in new laws.
  • I propose to finish this meeting tomorrow.
  • He proposed to go so I didn't have to.
  • Janet has proposed to take notes and circulate them afterwards.