View Poll Results: I avoided ____ him.

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  • seeing

    433 55.37%
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    321 41.05%
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    i found from the dictionary
    I crossed the street to avoid meeting him, but he saw me and came running towards me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firelord
    i found from the dictionary
    I crossed the street to avoid meeting him, but he saw me and came running towards me.
    Yes, that's correct. The verb "avoid" can take a gerund (seeing) as a complement, but it cannot take an infinitive (to see). :wink:

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    Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by red rose
    Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?
    Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

    :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by red rose
    Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?
    Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

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    I thought the answer was "to see". this proves how poor my English is lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentium
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by red rose
    Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?
    Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

    :(
    I thought the answer was "to see". this proves how poor my English is lol
    This, too, can be overcome. Welcome to UsingEnglish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Silentium
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by red rose
    Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?
    Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

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    I thought the answer was "to see". this proves how poor my English is lol
    This, too, can be overcome. Welcome to UsingEnglish.
    First I thought that it's "avoid seeing her". Then I checked in the dictionary and found out that I was right. Great! My English is not that bad at all.

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    Hi, Yulia; you were right. It's a common mistake, as you can see in the voting, which is why it is tested so regularly in exams.

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    I do avoid using infinitive after the verb "avoid" :D

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