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    Gerund, Infinitive

    What, if any, is the difference between:

    To kill bacteria, boil the water for 10 minutes
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    For killing bacteria, boil the water for 10 minutes.

    When is the infinitive and when the gerund used?

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    Re: Gerund, Infinitive

    The phrase in order to takes a base verb: (in order) to kill bacteria. The phrase for the purpose(s) of takes a gerund, a noun: for (the purpose of) killing bacteria.

    in order to + verb
    of + noun

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    Re: Gerund, Infinitive

    Is there a difference in meaning between: to kill bacteria and for killing bacteria? In other words, is it immaterial what form I use to convey the idea that in order to kill (for killing) bacteria), I have to boil water?

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    Re: Gerund, Infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Gundl View Post
    Is there a difference in meaning between: to kill bacteria and for killing bacteria? In other words, is it immaterial what form I use to convey the idea that in order to kill (for killing) bacteria), I have to boil water?
    This is the more commonly used sentence and sounds better.

    To kill bacteria, boil the water for 10 minutes.

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