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Helping others makes me happy or To help others makes me happy? [duplicate]

Helping others makes me happy or To help others makes me happy? To help others makes me happy is taken from a middle school textbook in China. And local English teachers insisted that gerund as the ...
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Problem with gerund and infinitive [closed]

I'm confusing with use of gerund or infinitive, I don't know which one of them I should use, for example ; I'm looking for a function to reverse a string I'm looking for a function for reversing a ...
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"to think about" in the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Can someone explain to me what this sentence means? I got confused about why it had "to think about" at the beginning of a sentence. "To think about income elasticity analogous to a ...
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When to use a gerund or an infinitive after "is"?

How does one know when to use a gerund or an infinitive? states a 90% rule, but I'm more interested in the remaining 10%. This British Council page states Sorry, there isn’t a rule. You have to learn ...
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To smoke vs Smoking at the beginning of the sentence [duplicate]

I have been taught that we can use either of "to INF" or "Verb-ing" at the beginning of the sentence as a subject, which leads me to a point of confusion. Here is my confusion: A: To smoke is ...
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Beginning a sentence with a gerund?

My teacher recently marked on my paper not to use a gerund to start a sentence. I have been told by teachers in the past to use that format to vary sentence structure. It seems to make the paper flow ...
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Choice of Gerund or infinitive as subject of a sentence [duplicate]

In a multiple choice exercise I had to choose between: .................... is banned in all pubs in Ireland. A/ To smoke B/ Smoking I'm pretty sure the solution is B (Smoking) but I don't really ...
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For to ask if this title is grammatical

Being in a country where Spanish is spoken natively, when folks speak English, I often hear them using phrases of the form "for [infinitive]" (e.g., "for to ask"). It strikes me – somewhat ...
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to meet or meeting [duplicate]

I had a lot of opportunities to meet many different people and listen to their stories. Always I am confused whether I have to use "to Verb" or "Verb+ing". I guess that sentence is the past tense, so ...
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To + verb, bare verb or verb + ing in noun phrases [duplicate]

I've asked this around and I'm RACKING MY BRAIN trying to figure it out. Which one is the correct verb form in the following sentence? The craziest thing I've ever done is go / to go / going ...
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"-ing" verb + gerund

I am aware that some verbs require the use of a gerund in certain constructions like "to avoid doing something". However, does this rule extend to the case that avoid is also used in an -ing form? ...
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Why do non-native English speakers get the present participle wrong?

I see people saying things like this: With a new infusion of cash it allows to make the film. ...instead of... With a new infusion of cash it allows making the film. I can't find a specific ...
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"To ask" or "for asking" [duplicate]

It is a great place for asking questions. OR It is a great place to ask questions.
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The difference between a sentence starting with 'to' + verb and starting with a gerund [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following two sentences? To study English is hard. Studying English is hard.
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Clauses of purpose: "for + -ing" or "to-infinitive [duplicate]

In the following sentence, how should the clause of purpose be introduced? In addition to normal maintenance, there are additional costs associated with interventions that may be required to ...

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