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    Default meaning of "We'll spend three days finishing the work."

    1. We'll spend three days finishing the work.
    2. We'll take three days to finish the work.


    Is there any difference between 1 and 2?


    Many thanks in advance.
    Last edited by henz988; 04-Aug-2008 at 14:15. Reason: simplified

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    Default Re: meaning of "We'll spend three days finishing the work."

    I think the best explanation is that some verbs are generally followed by an ing form, while some take the infinitive form.

    I'll enjoy working for the school.

    Not: I'll enjoy to work for the school.

    I'll agree to listen to her song.

    Not: I'll agree listening to her song.

    Used in the context you have presented Spend requires the ing verb, and Take requires the infinitive.



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    Talking Re: meaning of "We'll spend three days finishing the work."

    I wish you wouldn’t spend so much time watching TV.
    Working in his own time, Boyed took two years to perfect the system.

    I think spend and take cannot be swapped here, but I don't why.
    Could you help me with it?


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    Default Re: meaning of "We'll spend three days finishing the work."

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    I wish you wouldn’t spend so much time watching TV.
    Working in his own time, Boyed took two years to perfect the system.

    I think spend and take cannot be swapped here, but I don't why.
    Could you help me with it?


    Thanks again.
    In the second sentence they can be swapped, but you'd have to alter the following verb.

    Working in his own time, Boyed spent two years perfecting the system.

    However the first sentence sounds unnatural when the alteration is made. I'm not even sure that it is acceptable.

    I wish you wouldn’t take so much time to watch TV.

    However take+infinitive is regularly used in other instances.

    "They took two hours to unload the ferry" (Practical English Usage, Michael Swan).

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    Default Re: meaning of "We'll spend three days finishing the work."

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    1. We'll spend three days finishing the work.
    2. We'll take three days to finish the work.

    Is there any difference between 1 and 2?

    Many thanks in advance.
    They mean basically the same thing.

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