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    "If we don't considering" normally the second verb is put in infitive

    Hello everybody,
    The general rule says if two verbs are in succession, the first verb is put in the appropriate tense and the second is is put in the infinitive form. I saw people using this type of sentence "If we don't considering such consideration".
    What is a possible explanation of using "considering" instead of "consider"? how this specific case is called in grammar context?
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    Re: "If we don't considering" normally the second verb is put in infitive

    Welcome to the forums.

    I'm afraid I've never heard of this 'general rule' and your quoted sentence makes no sense.

    Someone else may be able to enlighten us later.

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    You need to supply a full sentence where you saw such a structure.

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    Here is a full sentence as ordered:
    "Therefore, the usefulness of any teaching material remains a very relative issue if we don’t considering such considerations."

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    It's an error. It should be "consider such considerations." Which is pretty inelegant as far as phrasing goes.

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    I bet 'if we don't consider' is correct. So, throw this book away.

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    I don't guess it is a mistake and if it does, it is a widely used one. try to Google: "donít considering".

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    #8

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    How right you are! Google is a source of so many good examples.

    Incidentally, you meant 'I don't think/believe it's a mistake' - though I question whether that belief is well founded.

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    PS I don't think you meant 'try to Google' either. You try to do something that's difficult; you meant 'try Googling'.

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    Re: "If we don't considering" normally the second verb is put in infitive

    Duke, it is a mistake.

    People start to write something one way, like "We aren't considering that option." Then they change their minds and switch to "Don't." But they forget to change the other verb.

    After a form of "to do" (in the same verb phrase), the next verb is in the "bare infinitive" (consider, believe, think, see, run, write, etc.) not the progressive form.

    Some of the examples have them in different phrases, and they just happen to be next to each other.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "If we don't considering" normally the second verb is put in infitive

    Quote Originally Posted by duke31 View Post
    The general rule says if two verbs are in succession, the first verb is put in the appropriate tense and the second is is put in the infinitive form.
    Which general rule? This doesn't work with be + ing and have/had + past participle.

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