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    spend time on gardening

    Hello.

    Can I use the preposition here: 'I spend most of my spare time on gardening'?

    Thanks,

    Alex.

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    Re: spend time on gardening

    You could use on but a native speaker wouldn't.

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    Re: spend time on gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    Can I use the preposition here: 'I spend most of my spare time on gardening'?

    Thanks,

    Alex.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Teacher Rover has given you and me an excellent answer.

    (2) I am delighted to tell you that I found a full and complete

    explanation at another helpline.

    (a) The moderators allow us members to occasionally link to

    other English helplines.

    (b) Since I am not smart enough to link, please go to Google

    and type: Spend time on gerund preposition.

    (i) When the page of results comes up, go to the 6th result

    entitled "gerund/ present participle or other topic."

    (a) It explains why some grammarians feel that there is a grammatical

    difference between "I spend time studying" and "I spend time

    on studying." Fascinating stuff for us grammar devotees.

    (3) Thanks for asking this question. I learned something new today

    about my language.


    Respectfully yours,


    James


    Moderator's edit: Here is the link: http://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc...9/m/9611087914
    Last edited by Barb_D; 23-May-2011 at 00:42.

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    #4

    Re: spend time on gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You could use on but a native speaker wouldn't.

    Rover
    It's not so uncommon in AusE. I'd say it (if it were true).

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    #5

    Re: spend time on gardening

    Thanks SO much, Moderator Barb, for linking. This proves that moderators do

    nice things, too -- not only delete, close, or lock.


    Gratefully yours,


    James









    James

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