Student or Learner
I've been told that starting a sentence with a gerund is a good idea.
And it is also wise to end a sentence with an infinitive as in:
1. Posting and sharing thoughts is always welcome.
1-1. *To post and share thoughts is always welcome.
2. It is always welcome to post and share your thoughts.
2-1. *It is always welcome posting and sharing your thoughts.
Recently, however, it came to my attention that people use gerunds as readily as infinitives to end sentences as in:
3. It must be hard answering all this nonsense.
4. It must be hard to answer all this nonsense.
I think that sentence 3 has someone actually answering all this nonsense while sentence 4 talks about potential, generic, rule of thumb kind of thing. Am I getting them right? Thanks in advance!
Feel free to correct my sentences. I welcome them, not resent them!
I think your thought is quite true :) As I can see in my country, both of the mentioned sentences are used widely, but students use the second one much more :D