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    #1

    gerund or infinitive

    dear teachers...

    could you please comment on the correctness of these sentences?

    a) I teach you one key secret to improving your speaking.
    b) I teach you one key secret to improve your speaking [abilities/skills].
    c) I teach you one secret key to improve your speaking skills.

    Many thanks

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    hi,

    Please note I'm not a teacher or a native speaker;


    a) I teach you one key the secret to of improving your speaking.
    b) I teach you one key the secret to of improveing your speaking [abilities/skills].
    c) I teach you one secret key to improvement of your speaking skills.

    that's at least the way I'd put it.

    cheers

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    #3

    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Could you please mark them wrong or right?

    Thanks

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    hi,

    Please note I'm not a teacher or a native speaker;


    a) I teach you one key secret to improving your speaking.
    b) I teach you one key secret to improve your speaking [abilities/skills].
    (above sentences have a wrong preposition)


    c) I teach you one secret key to improve your speaking skills.
    anyway [key to + noun phrase ]

    Cheers


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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    dear teachers...

    could you please comment on the correctness of these sentences?

    a) I teach you one key secret to improving your speaking.
    b) I teach you one key secret to improve your speaking [abilities/skills].
    c) I teach you one secret key to improve your speaking skills.

    Many thanks
    Are you trying to use infinitives as the subject complement?

    Revised sentences:

    Infinitives:

    I'll tell you a key secret on how to improve your verbal skills.

    I'll tell you a secret to improve your verbal skills.

    To improve your verbal skills [subject], I'll tell you a secret.

    I'll tell you a key secret to improve your speech.

    Gerund:

    Improving your speaking abilities will require that I tell you a key secret.

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    hi,
    I'm lost

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