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    Is fuel used correctly?

    In addition, I suggested adding more articles about English culture to the textbooks.That way, it will surely broaden our horizons as well as fuel our interest in learning this amazing language.

    Is "fuel" used correctly or naturally in that sentence?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason

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    Re: Is fuel used correctly?

    Yes, it's fine.

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    Re: Is fuel used correctly?

    Apart from an infinitive, you can also use FUELLING.

    Longman Guide to English Usage says when the verb before AS WELL AS is an infinitive, the verb immediately after AS WELL AS can be an infinitive or in the -ing form.

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    Re: Is fuel used correctly?

    it will surely broaden our horizons as well as fuel our interest in learning this amazing language.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Apart from an infinitive, you can also use FUELLING.

    Longman Guide to English Usage says when the verb before AS WELL AS is an infinitive, the verb immediately after AS WELL AS can be an infinitive or in the -ing form.

    Not in this sentence. There is no infinitive.

    It will broaden. It will fuel. It will broaden as well as fuel.

    You must keep the two parts parallel.

    It is the path to broadening our horizons as well as fuelting our interesting. -- This would work.

    (Note that fueling has only one L.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is fuel used correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    it will surely broaden our horizons as well as fuel our interest in learning this amazing language.




    Not in this sentence. There is no infinitive.

    It will broaden. It will fuel. It will broaden as well as fuel.

    You must keep the two parts parallel.

    It is the path to broadening our horizons as well as fuelting our interesting. -- This would work.

    (Note that fueling has only one L.)
    Interesting. Thank you very much for your reply. But my opionion is different.

    In The Cassell Guide to Common Errors in English, Mr Harry Blamiers says that the two verbs in such a sentence must be parallel, but this can only be regarded as his biased opinion; further, AS WELL AS can function as a preposition in this case, so it is absolutely correct to use the -ing form. Another thing you have mentioned is NO INFINITIVE, but an infinitive can be a bare infinitive or a to-infinitive. In the OALD 8th, SHE CAN SWIM is an example of the bare infinitive; that is to say, even when the auxiliary verb is WILL, it is still an infinitive.

    Another important thing to mention is you tell me to 'note that fueling has only one L'; thank you very much for your reminder. But before your reminding anyone, I advise you to read the OALD first:

    http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionar...tionary/fuel_2

    I hope that no one will say the OALD is wrong in recording the -ing form of FUEL in British English.
    Last edited by nelson13; 27-Nov-2012 at 15:56.

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    Re: Is fuel used correctly?

    I'm more than happy to admit I'm wrong, and if the British spelling of fuelling had two L's, I accept that.

    But if you think "it will surely broaden our horizons as well as fuelling our interest in learning this amazing language." is okay, then I have nothing further to share with you.

    Whether you intended to sound pompous or condescending or not, you certainly did. So good luck with your future learning. It will be without any additional contributions from me.

    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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