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    more...than

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:
    Nothing has more impact in the family than making and keeping promises.

    My question is: Can I use "than make and keep promises"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: more...than

    Hi jiang

    The structure requires a verbal-nominal (i.e., a gerund or a to-infintive). But only the gerund works here:
    Ex: Nothing has more impact in/on the family than making and keeping promises.

    Ex: Nothing has more impact in/on the family than to make and keep promises.

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    Re: more...than

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post


    The structure requires a verbal-nominal (i.e., a gerund or a to-infintive). But only the gerund works here:


    Ex: Nothing has more impact in/on the family than to make and keep promises.
    Hi Soup,
    When would "to-infinite" work in this type of structure? Could you give an example, please?

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    Re: more...than

    Sorry. I don't understand what you mean by 'this type'?

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    Re: more...than

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi jiang


    The structure requires a verbal-nominal (i.e., a gerund or a to-infintive). But only the gerund works here:
    Ex: Nothing has more impact in/on the family than making and keeping promises.


    Ex: Nothing has more impact in/on the family than to make and keep promises.

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    Re: more...than

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi jiang


    The structure requires a verbal-nominal (i.e., a gerund or a to-infintive). But only the gerund works here:
    I probably got your comment wrong buut I will try to ask again.
    When would to-infinite work in the structure?

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    Re: more...than

    Oh, I see what you're asking. The to-infinitive wouldn't work in that sentence (i.e., structure).

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