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    difference (on+ing, to infinitive)

    I wonder if the sentences below are equivalent.

    They arrived home to discover they had been robbed.
    On arriving home they discovered they had been robbed.

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    Re: difference (on+ing, to infinitive)

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I wonder if the sentences below are equivalent.

    They arrived home to discover they had been robbed.
    On arriving home they discovered they had been robbed.
    They are very close in meaning, but there is a subtle differnce.

    The second sentence strongly suggests that immediately upon arriving home, they discovered that they had been robbed.

    The first sentence doesn't have that strong suggestion of immediate discovery of the robbery.

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