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    Which one is correct?

    Which one is correct?


    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire to help whoever feels any kind of pain.

    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire of helping whoever feels any kind of pain.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?


    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire to help whoever feels any kind of pain.

    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire of helping whoever feels any kind of pain.
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    Re: Which one is correct?

    It seems that one day I may stop that desire and say "I had had a desire to help ..." ?
    What about the intensity of desire with this sentence "I always have the desire to help..." ?
    I'm not sure if I can use the present perfect continuous tense here or its meaning can be expressed by using the present perfect tense instead ?
    Thank you so much !

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?


    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire to help whoever feels any kind of pain.

    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire of helping whoever feels any kind of pain.
    Hi RoseSpring,
    You have about a dozen threads all called "Which one is correct?" or "Is this sentence correct".
    Could you consider calling them something more specific, for example "desire to help" for this one. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of threads that one is/isn't interested in; and it's helpful later for searching.
    Thanks.

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    Post Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?


    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire to help whoever feels any kind of pain.

    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire of helping whoever feels any kind of pain.
    My dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me why is the second sentence wrong?
    What made it wrong?

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Could you please tell me why is the second sentence is wrong?
    Sometimes the answer to that question is simply, "Because it is".

    We can have a desire to do something, and a desire for something, but not a desire of doing something.

    We can desire to do something, and we can desire something, but we cannot desire doing something.

    We can be desirous of doing something, desirous to do something, and desirous of doing something, but we cannot be desirous for doing something.

    That's just the way it is.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Hi RoseSpring,
    You have about a dozen threads all called "Which one is correct?" or "Is this sentence correct".
    Could you consider calling them something more specific, for example "desire to help" for this one. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of threads that one is/isn't interested in; and it's helpful later for searching.
    Thanks.

    Never mind, I'll try other titles.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?


    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire to help whoever feels any kind of pain.

    I really want to be a physician. I have always had the desire of helping whoever feels any kind of pain.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    RoseSpring,


    (1) As the teachers told you and me, modern English does not

    accept "desire of + -ing."

    (2) But it does seem to accept a gerund as an appositive.

    (As you know, an appositive = some extra words that further

    explain a word already in the sentence. In this case: desire.

    An appositive can usually be erased, and the remaining words

    still are a good sentence.)

    (a) In other words, many teachers would probably accept:

    My greatest desire in life, helping sick people, will become

    a reality when I graduate from medical school. (Notice the commas

    before and after "helping sick people." If I were to erase that

    appositive, the remaining words would still be a grammatical

    ("good") sentence: My greatest desire in life will become a reality

    when I graduate from medical school.)


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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