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    Default Help! (Emergency) - Grammar problems

    A: What started ______?
    B: I just love the underwater world.

    (a) you scuba-diving
    (b) you to scuba-dive

    The answer is (b).

    Q1. Why can't (a) be an answer?
    Doesn't "start" can take -ing and infinitive both?

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    It might be a good idea not calling your child shy in front of other people.
    -> It might be a good idea not to call your child shy in front of other people.

    Q2. Why should calling be changed to to call ?



    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: Help! (Emergency) - Grammar problems

    What started ______?
    a) you scuba-diving
    (b) you to scuba-dive

    The answer is (b).

    Q1. Why can't (a) be an answer?


    Who says (b) is the correct answer? Native speakers would say (a) and NOT (b)

    It might be a good idea not calling your child shy in front of other people.
    -> It might be a good idea not to call your child shy in front of other people.

    Q2. Why should calling be changed to to call ?

    It is the form of the sentence you have used.

    Say this incident has just happened, and as the grandfather, I say to my daughter:
    "Calling your child shy like that in front of other people is not good for the child's confidence."
    I am referring to a specific situation that has just happened right then and there.
    In your sentence, let's add a few words:
    "As a general rule of child rearing, it might be a good idea not to call your child shy in front of other people in future."
    Here, I am speaking generally, and suggesting that when situations do occur where the child is shy, at least, don't comment on it to others in front of the child in future.
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Aug-2008 at 09:42.

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    Default Re: Help! (Emergency) - Grammar problems

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Who says (b) is the correct answer? Native speakers would say (a) and NOT (b)
    Thank you very much. Could you explain why (b) can't be the answer?

    And one more, what does "Marathon shopping" mean?

    Marathon shopping, money borrowing, and ill-advised money management are regarded positively, whereas frugality and good money management are regarded negatively.

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