Student or Learner
I have recently learned two basic rules for verbals.
First, start a sentence with gerund and end with infinitive:
1. Learning English is fun.
2. It is fun to learn English.
Second, regard gerund as actual and infinitive as potential:
3. His hobby is collecting stamps. [Actual]
4. His dream is to become a doctor. [Potential]
Does this mean the following?
1. Learning English is fun. [Actual: I am learning it and I like it]
2. It is fun to learn English. [Potential: Well, that's what they say]
3. To learn English is fun. [Potential: OK, but better to use sentence 2]
4. It is fun learning English. [Actual: A bit off and better to use sentence 1]
Thanks in advance!
Feel free to correct my sentences. I welcome them, not resent them!
I would have to agree with your ideas. 1 & 2 sound most natural. Sentences 3 & 4 sound unnatural. You are correct with the potential and actual. However, 1 & 2 can both be said by people that have or haven't studied English.