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He stopped to smoke.

Is to smoke a complement of stop or is it an infinitive-of-purpose adjunct?

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    To smoke is a purpose infinitive. Stop, unlike start, can take only gerund complements (He stopped smoking, he started smoking, he started to smoke), so any infinitive following it has to be an adjunct. – John Lawler Jun 6 '19 at 21:04
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    Yo! Do I detect a Devonian twang? Gonna give you an answer in a sec. – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jun 7 '19 at 14:59

It means that he wanted to smoke and he stopped for that purpose.If you use gerund in the sentence you mean that he gave up smoking. and you can take a close look at " https://dictionary.cambridge.org/tr/dilbilgisi/ingiliz-dilbilgisi/verb-patterns/stop-ing-form-or-to-infinitive "

i hope i could help.Have a good day.

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  • This does not answer the question being asked – katatahito Jul 4 '19 at 3:53

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