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    is good for carrying your books

    Which are correct:

    1-This box is good for carrying your books.
    2-This box is good for carrying your books in.

    3-This box is good to carry your books.
    4-This box is good to carry your books in.



    5-This hammer is good for breaking stones.
    6-This hammer is good for breaking stones with.
    7-This hammer is good to break stones.
    8-This hammer is good to break stones with.

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    Exclamation Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-This box is good for carrying your books.
    2-This box is good for carrying your books in.
    3-This box is good to carry your books.
    4-This box is good to carry your books in.


    5-This hammer is good for breaking stones.
    6-This hammer is good for breaking stones with.
    7-This hammer is good to break stones.
    8-This hammer is good to break stones with.
    An inifitive is normally preceded by an adjective not a gerund. The inifinitive complements the adjective.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 07-Jan-2010 at 10:37.

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    Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    An inifitive is normally followed by an adjective not a gerund. The inifinitive complements the adjective.
    What infinitive are you referring to?

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    Exclamation Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    What infinitive are you referring to?
    The inifinitives are 'to carry' and 'to break'

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    Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The inifinitives are 'to carry' and 'to break'
    But there is no adjective or gerund following those infinitives.

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    Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-This box is good for carrying your books.
    2-This box is good for carrying your books in.

    3-This box is good to carry your books.
    4-This box is good to carry your books in.



    5-This hammer is good for breaking stones.
    6-This hammer is good for breaking stones with.
    7-This hammer is good to break stones.
    8-This hammer is good to break stones with.
    We normally say "good for ...." in this context.
    1, 2, 5, 6. are the common variants.

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    Exclamation Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    But there is no adjective or gerund following those infinitives.
    The inifinitives are followed by the adjective 'good'

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    Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The inifinitives are followed by the adjective 'good'
    No, the infinitives follow the adjective. And I agree with Raymott that the gerund sentences are preferable
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    Exclamation Re: is good for carrying your books

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    No, the infinitives follow the adjective. And I agree with Raymott that the gerund sentences are preferable
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    Sorry, It should be preceded by an adjective. Thank you. I stand corrected.

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