# Thread: Which is more common?

1. ## Which is more common?

Hi everyone here, I've had an argument with my English teacher at my school, so I want to ask you, which form of these sentences is better, more common, or if they have different meanings:

We tried to find/finding a cheap flight, but we were too late.

My brother tried to learn/learning Japanese at night school, but he gave up after two months.

The next thing I want to ask you is if it's more common to use "ATM" or "teller machine", than "cash machine"?

2. ## Re: Which is more common?

Originally Posted by MrMid
Hi everyone here, I've had an argument with my English teacher at my school, so I want to ask you, which form of these sentences is better, more common, or if they have different meanings:

We tried to find/finding a cheap flight, but we were too late.

My brother tried to learn/learning Japanese at night school, but he gave up after two months.

The next thing I want to ask you is if it's more common to use "ATM" or "teller machine", than "cash machine"?

I began to post my response on your first question, but first I think I would like to know your opinion . With regard to your second question you would most likely hear "ATM" or "ATM machine" in AmE.

3. ## Re: Which is more common?

Thank you for your response, my opinion on the first question is that both are possible, but the infinitive form is more common, but I'm not native speaker, so I would like to know your opinion. And yes - I thought the ATM would be more common.

4. ## Re: Which is more common?

Originally Posted by MrMid
Thank you for your response, my opinion on the first question is that both are possible, but the infinitive form is more common, but I'm not native speaker, so I would like to know your opinion. And yes - I thought the ATM would be more common.
I agree with your opinion, but I'm not sure that the infinitive form is necessarily more common.

5. ## Re: Which is more common?

So if I understood right, the sentences have exactly the same meanings, but the continuous form might be more common, right?

6. ## Re: Which is more common?

In my opinion the infinitive form is more common. Others — possibly your teacher — may legitimately disagree.

In the UK, 'cash machine' is more common than ATM.

Rover

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