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  1. anhnha's Avatar
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    #1

    being loyal/ loyalty

    Hi all,

    Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between these sentences?

    1. Dogs have earned themselves a reputation over the centuries for being loyal.
    2.
    Dogs have earned themselves a reputation over the centuries for loyalty.

    The second sentence is one that is rewritten the first by using "loyalty" instead of "
    being loyal".

    Thank a lot!

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    #2

    Re: being loyal/ loyalty

    There is no real difference, in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: being loyal/ loyalty

    Thank you!
    Could you help me confirm if the rule is right?
    In one sentence after a preposition if I intent to use adjective, verb, noun, I have to change it like this:
    1. With adj: prep + being + adj.
    2. With verb: prep + verb-ing .
    3. With noun: prep + noun.
    Do all three sentences always have the same meaning?



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    #4

    Re: being loyal/ loyalty

    It is dangerous to assume anything is "always" true.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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