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    Gerund after practise

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    Usually practise is followed by the gerund. In the following sentence it is not and the sentence is correct:
    When we visited her, she was too busy practising to talk, but she invited us to have a coffee with her in her mid-morning break.
    Why ... practising to talk and not practising talking?
    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Gerund after practise

    Quote Originally Posted by the-good-guy View Post
    Hello
    Usually practise is followed by the gerund. In the following sentence it is not and the sentence is correct:
    When we visited her, she was too busy practising to talk, but she invited us to have a coffee with her in her mid-morning break.
    Why ... practising to talk and not practising talking?
    Thank you very much.
    Best regards
    She wasn't practising her talking. She was too busy to talk to us when we visited her. What was she busy doing? She was busy practising. It doesn't say what activity she was practising.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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