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    Rule for a gerund followed by an infinitive?

    Hello

    Is there a rule which explains why 'to eat' in the following phrase is an infinitive?

    'I am dead-set against allowing my daughter to eat junk food.'

    Is there a rule which dictates that an infinitive form will follow a gerund form? For example:

    'Deciding to eat, he stopped at the next restaurant he saw.'

    'Running to save time is a waste of energy! I recommend you take the car instead.'

    Thanks!

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    Re: Rule for a gerund followed by an infinitive?

    I am not a teacher.

    It doesn't have anything to do with the gerund, it's because the verbs you've chosen are followed by the infinitive regardless of their form.

    I don't allow my daughter to eat junk food.
    I have never allowed… to eat junk food.
    I will never allow… to eat junk food, etc…

    I decide to eat…
    I decided to eat…and so on.

    You can use a gerund without an infinitive quite easily.
    His drinking annoys me.
    Her smoking is killing her.
    Reading helps us acquire a wide vocabulary.

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