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    Infinitive v. Gerund

    That might sound stupid but if 'To smoke is bad for your health' is completely unacceptable?

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    Re: Infinitive v. Gerund

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker, but I'd say "Smoking is bad..."
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: Infinitive v. Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    That might sound stupid but if 'To smoke is bad for your health' is completely unacceptable?
    It is not very natural, but I can't say it is grammatically incorrect.

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    Re: Infinitive v. Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker, but I'd say "Smoking is bad..."
    So would I, but that's beside the point.
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is not very natural, but I can't say it is grammatically incorrect.
    Thanks. In a multiple choice test it was marked as a wrong answer, I just didn't find it fair.

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    Re: Infinitive v. Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    So would I, but that's beside the point.

    Thanks. In a multiple choice test it was marked as a wrong answer, I just didn't find it fair.
    I agree.

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    Re: Infinitive v. Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    That might sound stupid but if 'To smoke is bad for your health' is completely unacceptable?
    Not completely- I agree with Mike.

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    Re: Infinitive v. Gerund

    Unless the test asked you to pick the best answer.
    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: Infinitive v. Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Unless the test asked you to pick the best answer.
    I'd definitely agree if it did but it doesn't. It specifies that only one answer is grammatically correct that's why I had to double-check.

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