Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Junior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 77
    #1

    Exclamation infinitive means future things?

    "He was the first man to win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    I think this sentecce should be corrected as below,

    "He was the first man winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."
    or "He was the first man won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    Am I right?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,624
    #2

    Re: infinitive means future things?

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    "He was the first man to win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    I think this sentence should be corrected as below,

    "He was the first man winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."
    or "He was the first man won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    Am I right?
    The original sentence is correct grammatically but its meaning is not clear, it would be better with "a gold medal".
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Nov-2011 at 14:10. Reason: typo

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #3

    Re: infinitive means future things?

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    "He was the first man to win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    I think this sentecce should be corrected as below,

    "He was the first man winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."
    or "He was the first man won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    Am I right?
    No, you're not. More generally, and in answer to the subject line, the infinitive has no necessary relation to the future. The infinitive doesn't mean future things.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2010, 05:50
  2. [Grammar] There are a lot of things or There are lots of things?
    By Williamyh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Nov-2009, 03:13
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Sep-2009, 10:50
  4. lot of things or lots of things
    By eversmiling in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Jan-2008, 18:16
  5. What are the good things and the bad things about Indonesia?
    By reyhn in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-Oct-2007, 02:13

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •