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    gerund or infinitive

    how will i know if i need a gerund or an infinitive in a sentence

    example:

    1.i love to watch boxing

    2.i love watching boxing

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    how will i know if i need a gerund or an infinitive in a sentence

    example:

    1.i love to watch boxing

    2.i love watching boxing
    (Not a teacher)

    See it as allowing you more freedom rather than being restricted. Both those sentences mean the same thing - the choice of which to choose is free for you to make.

    There can be some subtle difference in meaning. For example, if you said:

    1. I love to box.
    2. I love boxing.

    Number 1 only means that you love to take part in the sport boxing - you love doing it. The second is more ambiguous - you could love taking part in the sport, or you could just love the sport as a spectator, or both.

    The difference here is that 'boxing' is the noun - the sport itself. 'To box' is the verb - the actual doing. So, this should guide you in which you choose. In your example, it doesn't make any difference because 'watch' doesn't have this ambiguity.

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