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    #1

    to try to do/ trying to do

    ''The detective wasted too much time to try to find out who murderer was''.

    ''The detective wasted too much time trying to find out who murderer was''.


    Are the both sentences correct? And, if one is wrong, is this a big mistake or acceptable ?

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    #2

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    For me, the second is far superior. The first is grammatical but not very natural.

    PS: Oops! Missed the lacking articles.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 14-Jul-2014 at 01:44. Reason: an oops!

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    #3

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    What does the far superior mean? Is the sentence far from being superior?

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    #4

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    I am not a teacher.

    They are both wrong because there should be a determiner before 'murderer'.

    If you correct that, the second one will be right and the first one will still be wrong. It is understandable but not acceptable.

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    #5

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    How can I correct that, would you show me please?

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    #6

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    ... the murderer...

    You need a "the."
    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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    #7

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    I have never understood the usage of ''the''. Could you explain to me what meaning ''the'' gives to that sentence.

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    #8

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    "Murderer" is a countable noun. That means it requires a determiner in the singular.
    There is only one murderer, so it's a specific thing, and uses a "the."

    Articles are very, very hard to master. Many say that they are the last thing required to sound native-like in your writing.
    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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    #9

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    What does the far superior mean? Is the sentence far from being superior?
    No, "far superior" means very superior. 'Far' is often used like this - far prettier, far more intelligent, etc.

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    #10

    Re: to try to do/ trying to do

    So, I think that I can make a sentence like:

    ''I went to my summerhouse starting to write my second novel''.

    Is it okay?

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