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    infinitive + gerund

    Can I say 'I like to dance hip hop'?
    or do I have to say 'I like dancing hip hop' (I believe this is infinitive + gerund, am I right?)...or could both sentences be used?


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    Re: infinitive + gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    Can I say 'I like to dance hip hop'?
    or do I have to say 'I like dancing hip hop' (I believe this is infinitive + gerund, am I right?)...or could both sentences be used?


    many thanks
    I think both the sentences are gramatically acceptable. Google search results confirm that both the sentences are used.
    Last edited by anupumh; 23-Oct-2009 at 21:52.

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    Re: infinitive + gerund

    Hi misiania

    I would agree with anupumh about both versions being acceptable, but I would query your comment about infinitive + gerund.

    Try changing "I" to "she":

    She likes to dance ....
    She likes dancing ....

    Both are possible, but "likes" is not infinitive"

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    NT

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    #4

    Re: infinitive + gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    Can I say 'I like to dance hip hop'?
    or do I have to say 'I like dancing hip hop' (I believe this is infinitive + gerund, am I right?)...or could both sentences be used?


    many thanks
    Yes, they're both right.
    "I like to dance" is the infinitive form, and "I like dancing" is the form with the gerund.


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    Re: infinitive + gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    Can I say 'I like to dance hip hop'?
    or do I have to say 'I like dancing hip hop' (I believe this is infinitive + gerund, am I right?)...or could both sentences be used?


    many thanks
    They're both correct. However, I think that "I like dancing hip hop" sounds more usual or natural.

    Also, here are a few verbs that can be followed by either a gerund or an infinitive.

    like
    love
    hate
    continue
    start
    begin

    There is a change in meaning depending on whether it is followed by a gerund or an infinitive.

    remember
    forget
    stop
    try
    Last edited by PROESL; 24-Oct-2009 at 17:48.


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    Re: infinitive + gerund

    Hi misiania

    Many apologies, I read your posting as meaning that you considered the second entry as "infinitive + gerund", whereas what you meant was that your 2 entries were "verb + infinitive" vs "verb + gerund".

    Many thanks to svartnik for the very helpful links.
    PS - also enjoyed the animated gif! Reminds me of the great UK comedian Eric Morecambe.

    Best regards
    NT

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