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    1.let's go fishing. 2.let's go hunting. here ''fishing'' and ''hunting'' are infinitives or gerunds?.Because gerund always ends in - 'ing form'
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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    1.let's go fishing. 2.let's go hunting. here ''fishing'' and ''hunting'' are infinitives or gerunds?.Because gerund always ends in - 'ing form'
    Infinitive forms never end in ing - unless that is part of the verb itself, for example, bring, cling, sing.

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    NOT A TEACHER

    An infinitive is the basic form a verb used with "to". In 'I want to read a book', "to read" is an infinitive.

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    An infinitive is the basic form a verb used with to. In 'I want to read a book', "to read" is an infitive.
    The bare infinitive is not preceded by 'to':

    I can/must/will/don't swim.


    Many people prefer to call a form such as 'to swim ' a to- infinitive.

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Infinitive forms never end in ing - unless that is part of the verb itself, for example, bring, cling, sing.
    Then is ''go fishing'' according to you a gerund? cause you mentioned above that
    Infinitive forms never end in
    ing - unless that is part of the verb itself, for example, bring, cling, sing.But i am confuses where is the preposition before ''fishing'' cause many books say that preposition is placed before the gerund in the case of intransitive verbs and the gerund works as a prepositional object and in the case of transitive verbs, the gerund works as a direct object of the transitive verbs.So is ''fishing'' a gerund of the verb ''go''?.If i make any mistake in course of writing, please forgive me.Thank you.

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    Then is ''go fishing'' according to you a gerund? cause you mentioned above that
    Infinitive forms never end in
    ing - unless that is part of the verb itself, for example, bring, cling, sing.But i am confuses where is the preposition before ''fishing'' cause many books say that preposition is placed before the gerund in the case of intransitive verbs and the gerund works as a prepositional object Do you mean "go on...ing?" Yes, I think the "...ing" here is a gerund - the object of the prepositon "on".
    and in the case of transitive verbs, the gerund works as a direct object of the transitive verbs.
    Yes, I think I can agree with you.
    So is ''fishing'' a gerund of the verb ''go''?.If i make any mistake in course of writing, please forgive me.Thank you.
    Hello, Babai.
    Well, you asked, "'fishing' and 'hunting' are infinitives or gerunds?"
    5jj answered, "Infinitive forms never end in ing," which I think means "(if asked whether they are infinitives or gerunds, I'd say) they're definitely not infinitives." He didn't actually say they are gerunds.
    I personally do not think they are gerunds, since "go" is an intransitive verb. Those "-ing forms" are not the objects of the verb "go". I think they are present participles.
    However, it is one of the cases where labelling is meaningless. They are just "-ing forms". And...it is enough. Don't you think so?
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