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    agreed?

    Dear teachers?

    Could you proofread these sentences and point the difference between them?


    What's the difference between these two?

    Both sides in the conflict have agreed to the terms of the peace treaty.
    Both sides in the conflict have agreed the terms of the peace treaty.

    Why is it that there's no 'agree + to + <gerund>' or 'agree + <gerund>' ?

    The bank has agreed to lend me 5000.
    The bank has agreed lending me 5000.
    The bank has agreed to lending me 5000.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: agreed?

    To me, the second suggests that they have agreed on what will be written in the treaty and they haven't agreed to implement the terms yet- this is the treaty-making process. The first suggests the treaty has been finalised and they will start complying.

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    Re: agreed?

    Thank you!

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