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“Prefer to do something” vs. “prefer doing something” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive? What's the difference between the two: What materials do they prefer working with? What ...
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To use “to” or not to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gerund or infinitive: When to use which? You like to read books. You like reading books. The second second sentence seems to be better than the first. Why is ...
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“Recommend to have” vs. “recommend having” [duplicate]

I am writing my bachelor dissertation and several times Microsoft Word has corrected me from "to have" to "having". One of the sentences, for instance, goes like this: The author recommends to ...
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“Needs repairing” vs. “needs to be repaired” [duplicate]

Do the following two sentences mean the same thing? If so, which is more commonly used? My car needs repairing. My car needs to be repaired.
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“I don't want him knowing…” vs. “I don't want him to know… ” [duplicate]

There is some dialogue in a movie I saw: I don't want him knowing about this. I always thought it was I don't want him to know about this. I've been confused for days. What is the ...
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English UK. Grammar check - choice to vs choice of [duplicate]

Should I use You are granted the choice to either be my friend or my enemy. or You are granted the choice of either being my friend or my enemy. ? It's for my poem and I want to ...
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Which one is right: “allows to acquire” or “allows acquiring”? [duplicate]

Which version of the following sentence is correct/better? "In particular, it allows to acquire a signal using a sample rate significantly lower than the one dictated by the Nyquist criterion" ...
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“In accepting” vs. “to accept” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive? Part of the reluctance in accepting/to accept social arguments about human nature lies in the ...
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How can I explain what is wrong with the sentence “She is having difficulty to shop”? [duplicate]

It should be, I believe "She is having difficulty shopping." But I am not sure how I can explain to someone who is a non-native English speaker why the form "She is having difficulty to shop" is not ...
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Is it wrong to say “I enjoy to see the butterflies around the flowers.”? [duplicate]

Do I have to say always "I enjoy seeing"?
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“Prefer” usage - If the emphasis is on the habit --ing form or to-infinitive? [duplicate]

-ing form : Most people prefer watching a film at the cinema rather than on TV. -to-infinitive form: We prefer to drive during the day whenever we can. Which of the above two sentences ...
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“I like to do (be) something” vs “I like doing (being) something”

This is what I read in an answer to a previous question: Verbs Followed by Either Gerund or Infinitive Sometimes the meaning changes according to the verb used. <…> (dis)like ...
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“Would you mind to do something?”

Is it correct to say "Would you mind to do something?". I've seen this usage in a few places, but it doesn't sound right to me. I would guess that it's proper to use "Would you mind doing something?" ...
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How to use “to + V-ing”?

I saw some scenarios that used the structure "to + V-ing", such as the following: Looking forward to hearing. Disposed to using few words. I would like to apply what I learned in school to helping ...
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“Started to work” vs “Started working”

What is the difference between the following: Things started to work again. Things started working again.

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