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    wowenglish1 is offline Senior Member
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    leave

    I wonder if there is any difference in the meaning between "1" and "2".
    1. Don't leave your baby to cry.
    2. Don't leave your baby crying.

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    Re: leave

    Both sentences work, but I prefer the second one in this instance. However, there are times when the infinitive is preferable. Consider the following example:

    "Don't leave that prisoner to rot."
    "Don't leave that prisoner rotting."

    In this case, the first sentence is the most natural sounding choice.

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