Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    ssxia is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Spend time doing something VS spend time to do something

    Hi,

    I would like to confirm which usage is correct. I think "spend time doing something" is correct. For example, "thank you for spending time reading my post".

    However, I have seen people using "spend time to do something", for example, I googled about 1000 results of "spend time to visit".

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    svartnik is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    2,890
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Spend time doing something VS spend time to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by ssxia View Post
    Hi,

    I would like to confirm which usage is correct. I think "spend time doing something" is correct. For example, "thank you for spending time reading my post".

    However, I have seen people using "spend time to do something", for example, I googled about 1000 results of "spend time to visit".

    Thanks.
    Both are correct but different in meaning.

    To spend time doing something
    means you use the time available to you for something.

    I spent a lot of time (at the station) seeing you. -- It means you were there and was seeing her in the meantime.
    I spent a lot of time (at the station) to see you (=reason clause). -- The reason why I was there was to meet you when you arrived at the station.

    Mind you, in not all circuimstances is it possible to use both the '-ing' and the 'to' version. They do not always make sense:

    I spent time cleaning the house. -- makes sense: you were cleaning
    I spent time to clean the house. -- does not make sense: the reason why you spent time was to clean the house.


Similar Threads

  1. in time / on time
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2008, 14:45
  2. How do you teach TIME ?
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-May-2007, 16:35
  3. spend time
    By Lenka in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Sep-2006, 16:18
  4. Revisiting Present Perfect
    By jwschang in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 07-Feb-2006, 13:50
  5. The Hidden Evidence: The Past Family
    By shun in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 143
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2003, 01:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •