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    Default Gerund + Gerund

    Hello guys,
    When we start a sentence by using the Gerund, should be continue with the Gerund?

    Example:

    Giving up a game doesn't necessarily mean giving up a whole community.
    I tend to use this version:
    Giving up a game doesn't necessarily mean to give up a whole community.
    I dislike all these versions:
    To give up a game doesn't necessarily mean giving up a whole community.
    To give up a game
    doesn't necessarily mean to give up a whole community.

    P.S. I believe we all agree that "in order to" is not possible here

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Gerund + Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    When we start a sentence by using the Gerund, should be continue with the Gerund?

    Example:

    Giving up a game doesn't necessarily mean giving up a whole community.
    Correct.

    I tend to use this version:
    Giving up a game doesn't necessarily mean to give up a whole community. Incorrect.

    I dislike all these versions:
    To give up a game doesn't necessarily mean giving up a whole community.
    Incorrect.

    To give up a game
    doesn't necessarily mean to give up a whole community. Correct.

    P.S. I believe we all agree that "in order to" is not possible here

    Cheers!
    As far as I'm concerned, sticking with either the gerund or the infinitive is better.
    I have no idea where you might have been able to use "in order to" in those sentences.

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