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    can affor + to / ~ing

    I can afford to go on a holiday.
    I can afford going on a holiday.


    I've learned that only the first sentence is grammatically correct but
    some grammar book say the second sentence is also acceptable.

    Is it possible to use both to-infinitive and gerund after afford?

    I'm pretty much confused.

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    #2

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I can afford to go on (a) holiday.
    I can afford going on a holiday.



    Bhai.

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    #3

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Bhai.



    Still - according to my dictionary - you can say: 'I canít afford a new dress'
    If nouns may follow the word 'afford', why noun clauses like 'going on holiday' can't? Is this a matter of custom like with gramatically incorrect question tag 'aren't I' or do some grammar rules (which I am unable to understand) regulate this?

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    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    One usually uses the gerund form after "to be", so "I can afford to be going on holiday" would be acceptable, if slightly odd-sounding.

    If a verb comes after another verb, one uses the infinitive, not the gerund.

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    #5

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Calis View Post
    If a verb comes after another verb, one uses the infinitive, not the gerund.
    If it were so, learning English would be much easier.

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    #6

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    I can afford to go on holiday.
    I can afford a holiday.

    In what grammar book did you read that "I can afford going on a holiday" is correct?

    With a type of holiday which involves the name of the activity ending in -ing but which serves as a noun, it would work:

    I can afford skiing next year.

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    #7

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Calis View Post
    If a verb comes after another verb, one uses the infinitive, not the gerund.
    Thi is simply not true.

    I enjoy skiiing.
    I hate skiing.

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    #8

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Some pertinent observations can be found here:
    Afford - WordReference Forums

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    #9

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Some pertinent observations can be found here:
    Afford - WordReference Forums
    Is that link supposed to prove something? If so, it falls far short of doing so.

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    #10

    Re: can affor + to / ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can afford to go on holiday.
    I can afford a holiday.

    In what grammar book did you read that "I can afford going on a holiday" is correct?

    With a type of holiday which involves the name of the activity ending in -ing but which serves as a noun, it would work:

    I can afford skiing next year.
    Actually it's not grammar book but a webpage. I first found this page about a year ago and thought the explanation was pretty much clear - except the fact that he or she categorized can afford as both infinitive and gerund taking group.

    verbs followed by gerunds and infinitives

    PS: Still, this is my favorite grammar reference. ^.^;;

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