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    Cool to overcome or to overcoming

    Given this sentence, which one is better in English:

    Experience is the key to overcome difficulties

    Experience is the key to overcoming difficulties

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    Smile Re: to overcome or to overcoming

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Given this sentence, which one is better in English:

    Experience is the key to overcome difficulties

    Experience is the key to overcoming difficulties

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    The second one would be correct usage.
    Last edited by RedMtl; 04-Apr-2008 at 08:53.

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    Re: to overcome or to overcoming

    Attention: I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Bushwhacker,

    In my humble opinion the first one is well-sustained.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Cool Re: to overcome or to overcoming

    What a conundrum!

    But I think second one is the right one, because it is a prepositional sentence, isn't it?

    Cheers,

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    Re: to overcome or to overcoming

    Hi Bushwhacker,

    I'm not an authorithy on English language. I follow the written in my Grammar namely "the infinitive form usually refers to the future and the gerund to the past". These were the grounds for my queer for you statement.

    There are a few examples:

    It is through the striving to overcome difficulties that the child learns to trust..
    Bringing up a child is giving him help in overcoming difficulties, .
    Students in Julia Karet's ESL classes at Chaffey College write about their personal experiences overcoming difficulties. ...
    Overcoming difficulties in changing behaviour in Uganda.
    On the contrary, disagreement is an essential element in working through problems and overcoming difficulties .
    I get discouraged more easily, slightly depressed about overcoming difficulties , very much like when I am sick with a cold.
    In the interviews six practices cited changes for the better, which included overcoming difficulties in getting terminations; improving discharge summaries; discussions about a protocol….
    By overcoming difficulties strength in character and motivation to succeed may be established.
    I had already learned something about human nature and overcoming difficulties
    and being in a normal school..
    This plan included protecting the country's national border and gradually overcoming
    difficulties
    within the country itself.
    To James it appeared that the message of mystical experience, ..... by challenging
    pugnacity to overcome difficulty, by dwelling on the concrete effects of ...

    We live and learn!

    Regards.

    V.

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    Cool Re: to overcome or to overcoming

    Thank You vil for your dedicated attention and a helping one indeed, but not being my intention to prolong unnecessarily this debate and by no means to abuse of your time, could you contribute with some explanation as for prepositional sentences, please.

    Thanks

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