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try + ing vs. try to + infinitive [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct: Why don't you try to give up candy if you want to lose some weight? Why don't you try giving up candy if you want to lose some weight?
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"To see" vs "seeing" [duplicate]

Which of the following is grammatical? To see my stuff at your grocery is a great source of pride! Seeing my stuff at your grocery is a great source of pride! The verb "to see" is the ...
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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 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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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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"Developed to [infinitive]" vs. "developed for [gerund]" [duplicate]

I am confused about when to use "to verb" and when to use "for verb+ing" constructs. For example what would be the proper construct for the following sentences extracted from scientific journals: A ...
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"How easy is it to *verb*..." vs. "How easy is *verb*..." [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one know when to use a gerund or a infinitive? What is the difference in connotation between How easy is it to "some verb here" and How easy is "some verb here"...
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"These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research" [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the following? ...
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"To know X is all I need" vs. "knowing X is all I need" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one know when to use a gerund or a infinitive? Which of the following is the correct form? To know you're interested in my book is all I need to go on with my ...
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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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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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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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“To hear” or “hearing” [duplicate]

Nothing is so happy as to hear from your family. Nothing is so happy as hearing from your family. Which is more natural for native speakers?
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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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"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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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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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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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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Difference between a gerund acting as subject and an infinitive acting as a subject?

I am wondering whether there is any difference between a gerund acting as subject and an infinitive acting as a subject.
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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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going + ing vs going + infinitive, when use which?

In the middle of a conversation I should use which of the follow sentences: Tomorrow, I'm going climbing. or Tomorrow, I'm going to climb. I did a deep search and I found these similar answers,...
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Proper Usage of gerund form of the verb [closed]

So, I want to title a talk. Which of these is the right usage and why? "Web Development Paradigms and Djangoic approach to solve them" OR "Web Development Paradigms and Djangoic approach to ...
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Difference between “is to do” and “is doing” [duplicate]

I saw below sentence: Her job is to clean the hall. So can I also say like: Her job is cleaning the hall. It's present participle or gerund? What's the different meaning between these two ...
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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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"-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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Some techniques to replace infinitives?

My English teacher doesn't like infinitives and she wants me to replace most if not all of them in my essays. Writing them is habitual for me and I always catch myself writing them but I'm always ...
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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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