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    set about to V / set about Ving

    1. Frederic Wheelock set about to create a Latin text that would give the students something to think about, a humanistic diet to nurture them both linguistically and philosophically.
    2. How do you set about building a boat?
    What's the difference in meaing between set about to V and set about Ving?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: set about to V / set about Ving

    "Set about to V" uses an infinitive as a complement. "Set about V-ing" uses a gerund as a complement. Both are probably correct, but I prefer the gerund form. There is no difference in meaning.

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    Re: set about to V / set about Ving

    I don't find "set about to" at all natural.

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    Re: set about to V / set about Ving

    The gerund version is much more common as shown here.

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