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    Wink the difference???

    "their scam was selling fake chinese medicine to old people." and "their scam was to sell fake chinese medicine to old people." can you tell me the differences between the two setences? many thanks!


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    Re: the difference???

    "their scam was selling fake chinese medicine to old people." and "their scam was to sell fake chinese medicine to old people."
    I'm not a teacher,but I think that the first lasted longer. They started selling medicine and did it for a while for a living (for example). And the other one means that they maybe accidentally had some fake chinese medicine and decided to sell it. So,they would sell that bottle or two and that would be it.


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    Re: the difference???

    Hi Jesson,

    For me, the only difference between the two sentences is the verb participles they contain: 'selling' and 'to sell' are both non-finite verb participles; 'selling' is a present participle while 'to sell' is the infinitive (like 'to go' and 'to run').

    Hope this helps

    Paul Parry
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