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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'
Last edited by Babai; 25-Jul-2012 at 20:14. Reason: spelling mistake
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An infinitive is the basic form a verb used with "to". In 'I want to read a book', "to read" is an infinitive.
Infinitive forms never end ining - 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.
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?
Last edited by tzfujimino; 26-Jul-2012 at 16:55.