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This is my first question in here so I ask you to be tolerant with any faux pas I may commit. Having said so, my question is about the word proneness, of which I've only found examples in which it is followed by a noun.

Can it be followed by a verb? If so, gerund or infinitive (e.g. my proneness to observe/observing)?

Thanks in advance.

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Thanks for using faux pas – I just learnt a useful term. (Of course, I had to refer to a dictionary to understand its pronunciation, meaning and usage.) – user32480 Dec 21 '12 at 12:35

I don't know if I can explain this well but I think tendency to observe or inclination to observe would sound more natural than proneness to observe, and it is perhaps for this reason that we don't much see proneness being followed by a verb.

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The Oxford English Dictionary has citations that show proneness to followed by both nouns and infinitives, but none showing it followed by the -ing form of a verb. That is not to say that such a construction is impossible. Much, as always, depends on the context.

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