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    Default I can't bear you doing that vs I can't bear for you to do that

    Hello again!

    I can't bear you doing that vs I can't bear for you to do that.

    I would like to ask you if the second version, namely, I can't bear for you to do that is acceptable.

    "To bear" in "(Not) to bear for somebody to do something" is one of few verbs which doesn't usually take "for".

    In my opinion, I can't bear you doing that and I can't bear for you to do that mean exactly the same.

    What do you think?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: I can't bear you doing that vs I can't bear for you to do that

    They do mean exactly the same, but I would always say it as "I can't bear you doing that".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: I can't bear you doing that vs I can't bear for you to do that

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    They do mean exactly the same, but I would always say it as "I can't bear you doing that".
    Or "I can't bear your doing that".

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