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    tired of/tiring of

    Tiring of field and flock, in 1768, he moved to Edinburgh, where he founded a successful business producing sal ammoniac from coal soot,...

    This sentence is taken from Bill Bryson's A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. Can 'Tired of' be used in place of 'Tiring of' and without changing too much of the meaning of the sentence? And is it the same with 'Puzzling about...' and 'Puzzled about...', and 'Worrying about...' and 'Worried about...', and finally, Determining to... and determined to...?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Re: tired of/tiring of

    This sentence is allso taken from Bill Bryson's A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING:
    Tiring of that, he decided to adopt
    the life of an adventurer and for the next quarter century traveled extensively through Asia
    and South America with a succession of attractive female assistants whose jobs were
    inventively described as “historian and technicist” or “assistant in fish problems.”

    Can 'Tired of' be used in place of 'Tiring of' and without changing too much of the meaning of the sentence?

    Many many thanks.

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    Re: tired of/tiring of

    Yes.

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    Re: tired of/tiring of

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Tiring of field and flock, in 1768, he moved to Edinburgh, where he founded a successful business producing sal ammoniac from coal soot,...

    This sentence is taken from Bill Bryson's A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. Can 'Tired of' be used in place of 'Tiring of' and without changing too much of the meaning of the sentence?
    Not too much but I don't agreee with SD about giving a straight 'yes'. He grew tired and it kept getting worse and worse. In the end, he gave up and moved. In many cases this effectively means the same, but 'tiring', in this context, suggests to me that he spent quite a while in Edinburgh before he became tired enough to leave.
    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    And is it the same with 'Puzzling about...' and 'Puzzled about...',
    Puzzling, as you'd suspect, is progressive. If you are puzzled about something you may be puzzling about it for weeks. At any moment in that period, you are puzzled. But you are puzzling all the time.
    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    and 'Worrying about...' and 'Worried about...',
    As for puzzling/puzzled.
    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    and finally,
    Determining to... and determined to...?

    Thank you in advance.
    This isn't exactly the same as the previous two, because 'determining' is ambiguous - and doesn't always lead to the doer becoming determined! You can 'determine the difference between A and B' (that is, it can be both transitive and intransitive), and I have a feeling that - in the -ing form - it's more often the transitive kind.

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