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    #1

    confusing

    The boy prefers watching TV to playing computer games

    is this sentence correct and why?


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    Re: confusing

    The boy prefers watching TV to playing computer games.

    This sentence is correct. Both "watching" and "playing" are the present continuous tense. In a sentence the verb tenses must agree.

    I hope this helps,

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    Re: confusing

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    The boy prefers watching TV to playing computer games.

    This sentence is correct. Both "watching" and "playing" are the present continuous tense. In a sentence the verb tenses must agree.

    I hope this helps,
    thanks a lot

    as I know the verbs after modal verbs and to infinitive verbs

    in above sentence after to verb with ing?

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    Re: confusing

    Hi Hi_there_Carl
    Can I write that sentence so?
    The boy prefers watches TV to plays computer games
    when we put "ing" in the words?
    I know keep in the present continuous tense but is this present continuous?

    Thank you so much in advance

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    Re: confusing

    In this sentence, watching and playing are not verbs; the verb is prefer. A verb cannot be the object of another verb, you must use an infinitive (to plus verb) or a gerund (verb plus ing). The boy prefers to watch (watching)TV.

    You're right. It is confusing.

    In order for this to be the present continuous tense, you would need a present tense copular (linking) verb.
    The boy is watching TV.

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