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    Default Gerunds and infinitives

    Is it true that a gerund and infinitive can not be next to each other?

    What about this sentence

    I quit smoking to improve my health.

    Is the "to" an infinitive or an adverb?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Gerunds and infinitives

    Quote Originally Posted by durianlover View Post
    Is it true that a gerund and infinitive can not be next to each other?
    No. Where did you get that idea?

    I must quit (bare infinitive) smoking (gerund).
    I want to quit
    (to-infinitive) smoking (gerund).

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    Default Re: Gerunds and infinitives

    [QUOTE=durianlover;832917]

    I quit smoking to improve my health.

    Is the "to" an infinitive or an adverb?


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    (1) I think that you are absolutely right: the infinitive phrase (to improve my health) is being used adverbially. It modifies the verb "quit."

    It answers the question: Why did you quit smoking?

    (2) As you know, you can also make the sentence stronger by adding two words:

    I quit smoking in order to improve my health.
    In order to improve my health, I quit smoking.

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