I am starting reading some English books of my library today. Because I have forgotten many things, I decided to start from beggining, a total revision is not a bad friend....
First book epilogue (English grammar for ESL learners by Ed Swick) says:
English grammar is not necessarily a chore. Indeed, it can be the key to unlocking the very rich treasure.
Of course I understand the text. It does not have any complex words or idioms. But I am impatient to know right now; to unlocking or to unlock??
As I remember we say do you want to eat a cake and NOT do you want to eating a cake
Am I missing something??
Although I could search on Raymond Murphy's grammar book, I prefer to ask here, because it is not a suitable book for begginers.
Last edited by Yiagos; 22-Dec-2013 at 19:59.
Focus on the context question only:
To unlock or to unlocking??
Of course the answer is to unlocking because my book says it, but I cannot understand why....
Unlocking is a noun?
If not, what is it?
Our complete guide to running, for beginning runners and intermediate runners alike.
Why to running and not to run?
Last edited by Yiagos; 22-Dec-2013 at 22:33.
He found the key to unlock the phone. (infinitive)
He found the key to unlocking the phone. (preposition + gerund [noun])
Greek language does not have gerunds, that's why many Greeks we confused sometimes, wondering is it a noun or an adjective or something else??
Obviously, for some words it is clear, for example interesting is an adjective.
englisch-hilfen.de site here explains all very well. Actually I was thinking yesterday if it is a gerund, but I did not chech any grammar book either site, because in school days I was not very familiar with this stuff.
Gerund in various languages here is a list
Last edited by Yiagos; 23-Dec-2013 at 07:20.
I am seeking on some sites for more information. Well in modern Greek gerund (γερούνδιο) could be defined as an active participle or a noun which "behaves" like a verb but in ancient Greek gerund usage was very common.
Please post your research results on the Other Languages forum, Yiagos, which I notice you have already contributed to.