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    Difference between the use of Gerund and to-infinitive

    May I ask if both of the following sentences are acceptable? If not, why?

    If you don't want your efforts going down the drain, you should...
    If you don't want your efforts to go down the drain, you should...

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    If you don't want your efforts to go down the drain, you should... (correct)

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    Re: Difference between the use of Gerund and to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    May I ask if both of the following sentences are acceptable? If not, why?

    If you don't want your efforts going down the drain, you should...
    If you don't want your efforts to go down the drain, you should...

    Thank you.

    'want' is a verb that takes the object + to-infinitive pattern.

    Do you want me to phone her?
    I don't want you to be sad.


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    Re: Difference between the use of Gerund and to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    May I ask if both of the following sentences are acceptable? If not, why?

    If you don't want your efforts going down the drain, you should...
    If you don't want your efforts to go down the drain, you should...

    Thank you.
    If you don't your efforts go down the drain ......is also fine.
    'go down' is a phrasal verb.
    Regards,
    rj1948.

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    Re: Difference between the use of Gerund and to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    If you don't your efforts go down the drain ......is also fine.
    'go down' is a phrasal verb.
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    ... to go down. It needs the to-infinitive marker.

    In addition, ... don't want .... going down is also English.

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    Re: Difference between the use of Gerund and to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    May I ask if both of the following sentences are acceptable? If not, why?

    If you don't want your efforts going down the drain, you should...
    If you don't want your efforts to go down the drain, you should...
    My consultant (my wife) and I have decided that both are acceptable.


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    Re: Difference between the use of Gerund and to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    My consultant (my wife) and I have decided that both are acceptable.

    Both are, and interchangeable with no difference in meaning. It's just one of those things that native speakers decided is more economical; one word (going) is more efficient than two (to go). Moreover, -ing carries tense-like properties that express experience or knowledge of the event; e.g., By using you don't want it going down, the speaker is expressing that s/he has experienced this before, and so you should listen to the advice.

    With to-infinitives, tense is lacking, and hence the experience isn't in focus.


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