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    lovefrance is offline Newbie
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    spend on doing or spend doing

    i have a problem with this word-spend. i do not know when i can use "spend on doing" or "spend doing"
    somebody says that:
    "spend money+on + v-ing
    spend time + v-ing"
    please help me!!!
    thanks

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    Re: spend on doing or spend doing

    someone helps me with this question?

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    Exclamation Re: spend on doing or spend doing

    Quote Originally Posted by lovefrance View Post
    i have a problem with this word-spend. i do not know when i can use "spend on doing" or "spend doing"
    somebody says that:
    "spend money+on + v-ing
    spend time + v-ing"
    please help me!!!
    thanks
    I am unable to get to your real problem. The word ‘spend’ is a transitive verb but can be used as intransitive. So it can take an object (noun or pronoun) directly as well as a prepositional object.
    You spend something on something/somebody.
    The first something is the direct object and it can be money/time/energy.
    Thesecond something/somebody is prepositional object and it can be noun/pronoun/noun phrase
    You spend money on her. (pronoun-your girl friend)
    She spends a lot of moneyon clothes. (a noun)
    We spend a lot of money on buying a new house. (a gerund/noun)
    You can use ‘time’ in a similar way as money.
    You spend less time on your homework.
    But you can spend time with/in/at something/somebody(prepositional object)
    I want to spend more time with my family.
    We'll have to spend the night (time) in a hotel.
    Of course, as an intransitive verb, you say: spend time doing something. We do not normally say: We spend money doing something.
    You spend less time doing your homework.
    You spend much time playing chess every day
    Last edited by sarat_106; 07-Feb-2010 at 07:16.

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    Re: spend on doing or spend doing

    Just a remark (if pertinent)
    You can use the verb waste in the same manner as described by sarat_106

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