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    Default continue to do or continue doing?

    Do we use "continue to do" or "continue doing"?
    I made a google search and it seems to be the former but I am still unsure.
    Could you also make a sentence using "continue to do" or "continue doing"?

    Thanks so much.

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    They are both correct. And I believe that you can use them both interchangeably in all sentences.

    It'll continue to rain.
    It'll continue raining.

    If not, I'd like to hear the exception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Do we use "continue to do" or "continue doing"?
    I made a google search and it seems to be the former but I am still unsure.
    Could you also make a sentence using "continue to do" or "continue doing"?

    Thanks so much.
    Some verbs like continue, begin, love etc. can accept either an inifinitive or 'ing' form without appreciable change in meaning. So you can use both. To be sure, visit the site: Infinitive or -ing?

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Some verbs like continue, begin, love etc. can accept either an inifinitive or 'ing' form without appreciable change in meaning. So you can use both. To be sure, visit the site: Infinitive or -ing?

    Which one is more common? Google points out that it is "continue to do".
    Thanks

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Which one is more common? Google points out that it is "continue to do".
    Thanks
    I don't think one is more common than the other.

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't think one is more common than the other.
    So how comes the result of google search for "continue to do" is much much much bigger than the one of the "continue doing"??? (660.000.000 vs 283.000)

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    So how comes the result of google search for "continue to do" is much much much bigger than the one of the "continue doing"??? (660.000.000 vs 283.000)
    I get 99 700 000 for "continue doing" and 325 000 000for "continue to do". I have no idea why, perhaps "continue to do" is more common globally. From my experience I wouldn't have thought so.

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Apparently this topic has been discussed there:
    Continue + infinitive or ing

    So according to the third participant there is a slight nuance in meaning between these two options. Although he doesn't express it clearly, he's talking about the anaphoric function which the "ING" morpheme encompasses, among other things. (roughly speaking, use "ing" when you'r refering to an object already identified above,and "to+bare infinitive otherwise)

    Anyone confirm these views?

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModernDickens View Post
    Apparently this topic has been discussed there:
    Continue + infinitive or ing

    So according to the third participant there is a slight nuance in meaning between these two options. Although he doesn't express it clearly, he's talking about the anaphoric function which the "ING" morpheme encompasses, among other things. (roughly speaking, use "ing" when you'r refering to an object already identified above,and "to+bare infinitive otherwise)

    Anyone confirm these views?
    There is something in that with "went on", where to say "he went on doing" means he continued to do what he was doing, and to say "he went on to do" means that he stopped doing what he was doing, and started doing something else. That doesn't work with "continue".

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    Default Re: continue to do or continue doing?

    Where I live, we use "continued doing" because, as Americans, we like to keep things short and sweet. : )

    Though, it should be noted that at times, we do use "continued to do"

    EX. The stocks continued to rise throughout the day.

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