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    Default what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    hi,
    As I know we can use inf. after adj. but it was the first time to see v-ing after an adj.. please show me the difference.

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    Default Re: what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    Quote Originally Posted by wawa97 View Post
    hi,
    As I know we can use inf. after adj. but it was the first time to see v-ing after an adj.. please show me the difference.
    Hi and welcome. Could you post examples?

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    Default Re: what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi and welcome. Could you post examples?
    There used to be a commercial on British TV about the environment:
    It's not easy beeing green.
    vs
    It's not easy to be green.

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    Default Re: what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi and welcome. Could you post examples?

    It was amazing (to see- seeing)these animals
    both of them are right but why?

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    Default Re: what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    (From the speaker's perspective)

    adj+to-inf=a possibility or proposal
    adj+ing=something already fulfilled

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    Default Re: what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    Quote Originally Posted by ptetpe View Post
    (From the speaker's perspective)

    adj+to-inf=a possibility or proposal
    adj+ing=something already fulfilled
    It was amazing to see these animals.
    It was amazing seeing these animals.

    In both these cases, the event has already happened, since the main verb (was) is in the past tense. They mean the same thing.
    It will be amazing to see these animals.
    It will be amazing seeing these animals.

    In both these cases, the event has not yet occurred. They mean the same thing.

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    Default Re: what is the difference between 'adj+to-inf.' and 'adj+ v-ing'

    It really depends on the context,which is why I enclosed "From the speaker's perspective"

    (When I was young, I was curious about animals...). It was amazing to see these animals. (so I planned to visit the zoo one day. Unfortunately, something came up and I didn't make it)
    .................................................. ................................
    It was amazing seeing these animals. (I still remember it.)

    I quoted the rule from A Cmprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Quirk et al. 15.11 (p.1062):
    "15.11 The nominal to-infinitive clause often indicates that the proposition it expresses is viewed as a possibility or a proposal rather than something already fulfilled (cf. -ing clauses, 15.12)."

    I should have made it clearer. :)
    Last edited by ptetpe; 29-Jun-2009 at 04:13.

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