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    Infinitive or Past here?

    Should I use the infinitive or past participle in this sentence?

    Despite this good start, I paused and stammered and re-iterated the point once more.

    Despite this good start, I paused and stammered to re-iterate my point once more.


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    Re: Infinitive or Past here?

    They mean slightly different things, dont they? The first means that you paused, then stammered, then reiterated the point. The second means that you paused, and then when you reiterated the point you stammered. So, both are right - which one you use depends on what you mean to say. I presume it is the second, because I dont know how you could pause (that is, stop speaking), then stammer, then begin speaking again.

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    Exclamation Re: Infinitive or Past here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    Should I use the infinitive or past participle in this sentence?

    Despite this good start, I paused, stammered and re-iterated the point once more.

    Despite this good start, I paused and stammered to re-iterate my point once more.
    "re-iterated" is used here in the past form and not past participle form. You can use both but remove the comma in the first one.


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    Re: Infinitive or Past here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    They mean slightly different things, dont they? .

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