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    why ING form

    Please look at the sentences below.

    1.“One key to avoiding this kind of stress lies in gaining control over all aspects of the IT environment”

    -- can’t we say “One key to avoid this kind ..” in the above sentences? Please tell me the grammar rule.

    2.“The manager may start thinking about a career change” –

    ---can’t we say “ …start think…” in this sentence? Please tell me the grammar rule.

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    Re: why ING form

    “One key to avoid this kind ..” is not correct.


    Definition and pronunciation of key | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    key
    a thing that makes you able to understand or achieve something
    key (to something)
    The key to success is preparation.
    key (to doing something)
    The driver of the car probably holds the key to solving the crime.



    “ …start think…” is not correct.

    Wrong: start do something
    Correct: start to do something
    Correct: start doing something


    Definition and pronunciation of start | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    start to do something
    It started to rain.
    Mistakes were starting to creep in.
    start doing something
    She started laughing.
    Last edited by sunsunmoon; 27-May-2011 at 06:45.

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    Re: why ING form

    Thanks for your answer mate ..

    There is no consistency in English grammar. Very funny language



    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    “One key to avoid this kind ..” is not correct.


    Definition and pronunciation of key | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    key
    a thing that makes you able to understand or achieve something
    key (to something)
    The key to success is preparation.
    key (to doing something)
    The driver of the car probably holds the key to solving the crime.



    “ …start think…” is not correct.

    Wrong: start do something
    Correct: start to do something
    Correct: start doing something


    Definition and pronunciation of start | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    start to do something
    It started to rain.
    Mistakes were starting to creep in.

    start doing something
    She started laughing.

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    Re: why ING form

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    Thanks for your answer mate ..

    There is no consistency in English grammar. Very funny language
    There are some inconsistencies in English. But what's the inconsistency you've identified here? Gerunds always end in '-ing'.

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    Re: why ING form

    Thanks for your great reply. I was looking for the word "Gerunds ". Thansk a lot..

    Where can I find list of Gerunds?


    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There are some inconsistencies in English. But

    what's the inconsistency you've identified here? Gerunds always end in '-ing'.
    Last edited by english_learn; 30-May-2011 at 07:15.

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    Re: why ING form

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    Thanks for your great reply. I was looking for the word "Gerunds ". Thansk a lot..

    Where can I find list of Gerunds?
    You don't need a list of gerunds. You can take any verb and add "ing" and you've got one. (Sometimes you need to remove an 'e'...)
    Talk - talking
    write - writing

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    Re: why ING form

    We say key to something, so to is a preposition which goes with key, which is why we use a gerund after it and not an infinitive. It is key to + gerund, not key + to infinitive.

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