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    Infinitive or Gerundium/progressve or simple past

    Dear English Teachers,

    (A) Is there grammar rule dictating whether one should use "to see" (infinitive) or "seeing" (gerund) in the following sentence?:

    (1) It's a pleasure to see you you again.

    (2) It's a pleasure seeing you again.

    (B) Is there a error in # (1), which is a decontextualised sentence; or is # (2) orecorrect?:

    (1) The child whose parents died is living with his aunt.

    (2) The child whose parents died lives with his aunt.

    I hope you can help me!

    Best wishes,

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    Re: Infinitive or Gerundium/progressve or simple past

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

    Hello, Soren:

    (1) One book says this:

    "There is not much difference in meaning between -ing and the to infinitive: -ing may refer to an action in progress, whereas

    the to-infintive may imply 'in general':

    It's difficult finding your way around in a strange city.
    It's difficult to find your way around in a strange city."

    Source: L.G. Alexander, Longman English Grammar (London and New York: Longman, 1988), p. 317.

    (2) Another book says:

    (a) The gerund is "more immediate and more vivid": I like camping in the mountains.

    (b) The infinitive is more remote and more objective: I like to camp in the mountains.

    Source: Marianne Celce-Murcia and Diane Larsen-Freeman, The Grammar Book (Rowley, London, and Tokyo: Newbury House Publishers, Inc., 1983), p. 436. The two authors also credit Professors Bolinger and So.

    It is only my opinion that "It's a pleasure seeing you again" would be more emotional and affectionate than the "colder" "It's a

    pleasure to see you again."


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