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    Grammar, help!

    Hi Everybody,

    Could you please tell me how come use "explaining" in the following sentence? not use "to explain"? I have a kind of confuse. Awaiting for your explanation.Thanks.

    He or she could be insulted and you would have to waste time explaining yourself in another e-mail.

    WYH

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    Re: Grammar, help!

    Good question!

    We usually say "waste time in doing something"
    In your sentence, the preposition "in" is dropped.

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    Re: Grammar, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi Everybody,

    Could you please tell me how come use "explaining" in the following sentence? not use "to explain"? I have a kind of confuse. Awaiting for your explanation.Thanks.

    He or she could be insulted and you would have to waste time explaining yourself in another e-mail.

    WYH
    1. You waste/spend/use up time explaining yourself.
    2. You take/make/set aside time to explain yourself.

    In 1. explaining yourself wastes/spends ... time. The action of explaining, etc. wastes time. The explaining is synchronous with the
    wasting, spending time.

    In 2. explaining yourself does not make/set up time [Though it does take time] The point is the time has already been taken, made or set up.

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    Re: Grammar, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1. You waste/spend/use up time explaining yourself.
    2. You take/make/set aside time to explain yourself.

    In 1. explaining yourself wastes/spends ... time. The action of explaining, etc. wastes time. The explaining is synchronous with the
    wasting, spending time.

    In 2. explaining yourself does not make/set up time [Though it does take time] The point is the time has already been taken, made or set up.
    Thanks for your answer. But I also wanted to know, explaining is "Gerund"? any criteria if using "ing" form in this case? Is it affected by waste? In short, I wanted to know if the verb is not waste.....can I use "ing" form for the word of explain.....

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    Re: Grammar, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Thanks for your answer. But I also wanted to know, explaining is "Gerund"? any criteria if using "ing" form in this case? Is it affected by waste? In short, I wanted to know if the verb is not waste.....can I use "ing" form for the word of explain.....
    My examples were meant to illustrate that sometimes you can and sometimes you can't.
    No, I can't give you a rule, sorry.

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