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    #1

    Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    Good day. I wonder if we can use an infinitive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause together.

    For instance:
    1) I like to earn money and buying new things.
    2) I prefer working than to rest. or I prefer working than resting?

    Which usage is correct? Thank You in advance!

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    #2

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    I wouldn't use them.

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    #3

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    Thanks for the reply. I understand that they sound weird, but is this usage grammatically correct?

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    #4

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    1) is not grammatical.

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    #5

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    I like earning money and buying new things.
    I like to earn money and [to] buy new things.
    I like earning money to buy new things.
    I like to earn money to buy new things.

    I prefer working to resting.
    I prefer to work than to rest.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    So, is 2 grammatical? I'll stick my neck out and say no.

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    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So, is 2 grammatical? I'll stick my neck out and say no.
    I agree about the first of the sentences at 2) . I think the second one is grammatical, but not very satisfactory.

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    #8

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    I find 2 ungrammatical.
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    #9

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    In the second part of #2, "than" is a problem. Either "to" or "over" would be OK.

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    #10

    Re: Usage of infinive and participle as homogeneous parts of a clause

    Quote Originally Posted by nik4 View Post
    I understand that they sound weird, but is this usage grammatically correct?
    They're certainly breaching normal patterns, where we would use similar forms in parallel. Whether you define that as a full grammatical error or not is possibly a matter of opinion. This sort of thing is common in speech, so I wouldn't really regard it as an error there- just one of those things that people sometimes do when talking. I would regard them both as wrong in writing, where we're supposed to pay more attention to organising.

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