I'm doing a word transformation exercise and I need to rephrase the following sentence:
This plant often gets attacked by insects.
This plant is prone to get attacked by insects.
The key reads "... is prone to attack/ getting attacked / being attacked". I've consulted Longman, Macmillan and Oxford - all of them give "prone to do something". What's wrong with the infinitive in my sentence?
But which should be used - infinitive or gerund? There may be sentences where you can't use nouns.
Thanks! I get it. Unfortunately, I can't distinguish between natural and unnatural utterances as long as they all comply with grammar rules, so it's patterns that I use as crutches to rely on. But I'd like to know how to use 'be prone to" in future (apart from the fact it's followed by a noun). Is it safer to use it with an -ing form, for example
"Tired drivers are prone to ignoring warning signals"' ?
Like one of the members on the forum for which Bob provided a link, I have read through quite a few COCA sentences, and I can't detect a pattern. Some of the sentences sound unnatural to me, but they clearly sound natural to the people who wrote them.
For Verona's sentence, I would say "This plant is prone to attack by/from insects or, like bhai, "This plant is prone to insect attack." I dont like "... prone to get/getting/being attacked ...", but I can't think of a sound reason for labelling them 'incorrect'.