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    Prepared for sth + -ing, or prepared for sth + to infinite

    Hi everyone,

    My problem is that I can't decide which phrase is correct: prepared for sb/sth doing sth, or prepared for sb/sth to do sth.

    Here are some example sentences:

    He was prepared for his friend to come.
    He was prepared for his friend's arrival.

    He was prepared for a burglar to be lurking in one of the dark corners.
    He was prepared for a burglar lurking in one of the dark corners.



    Thanks in advance for clarification.
    Last edited by Kankalin; 15-Jul-2012 at 12:09.

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    Re: Prepared for sth + -ing, or prepared for sth + to infinite

    Not a teacher, but a fellow learner.

    I think only noun forms are possible for "prepared", to-infinitive sounds awkward to me.

    He was prepared for his friend to come.
    He was prepared for his friend's arrival.

    He was prepared for a burglar to be lurking in one of the dark corners.
    He was prepared for a burglar lurking in one of the dark corners.

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