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    Smile Gerund after Gerund

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    Learning swimming is not what I want to do in my holidays.

    Is the above sentence correct ?
    I think it is a typical example of gerund after gerund.

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.
    Thanks
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    Re: Gerund after Gerund

    I can see no mistake in it. That said, I'd be keener on resorting to a bare infinitive preceded by "to" which would make your sentence look as follows:

    "Learning to swim is not what I want to do during my holidays."

    Not because the use of conjoint gerunds is improper but because it doesn't make the sentence sound pleasant. In the present case, the verb learn can coexist with either a gerund or a full infinitive, so go for a full infinitive !

    (As an indicator, try and type "learning swimming" on the google bar and see what how many results you get. It can be misleading but most of the time truly reflects the usages, misuages and non-usages of a given phrase)

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    Re: Gerund after Gerund

    As a foot note, I would say, 'I don't want to learn to swim during my hols'.

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    Re: Gerund after Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Learning swimming is not what I want to do in my holidays.

    Is the above sentence correct ?
    I think it is a typical example of gerund after gerund.

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Yes, it's correct. Sometimes you can rephrase it, but it's not always as simple.
    Watching swimming training on TV is boring.
    The first three words are gerunds, but 'swimming' is a noun used as an adjective. ('Boring' is not a gerund, of course).

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