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    How long does it take to....

    Hello, teachers.

    What is the difference between "How long does it take to cook turkey" and "How long does it take to cooking turkey"

    and Why?

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    Re: How long does it take to....

    The first is correct; the second is not. "To cook" is an infinitive. Infinitives use the base form of the verb, not the -ing form.

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    #3

    Re: How long does it take to....

    However, if you change the word order of the sentence, you can use "How long does cooking a turkey take?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How long does it take to....

    Quote Originally Posted by chingchangchong View Post
    "How long does it take to cook turkey"
    How long does it take to cook a turkey works better for me. Without the article, it could be any amount of turkey, which makes the question a bit pointless.

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    #5

    Re: How long does it take to....

    Well, cooking times for turkeys vary by size. Often it is expressed as minutes per pound.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Aug-2014 at 08:46. Reason: Fixing typo

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    #6

    Re: How long does it take to....

    Your sentence is too difficult to me.
    But Thank you very much.

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    #7

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    Which sentence is too difficult?

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    #8

    Re: How long does it take to....

    Tdol's, Emsr's, and Mike's comments are all correct. As they said:

    - Cooking is not a simple verb. It's a gerund - an -ing verb. It is never part of an infinitive. We say "to cook," never "to cooking." To use the gerund, you have to rephrase, as Emsrl did.

    - Turkey would be better with an article in front of it: a turkey.

    Does that help? If you are still confused, maybe you will get more answers below. The important thing is: no gerunds after the word to!

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    Re: How long does it take to....

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The important thing is: no gerunds after the word to!
    ...except in contexts like 'I prefer gardening to cooking'.

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    Re: How long does it take to....

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    ...except in contexts like 'I prefer gardening to cooking'.
    And in "I am to gardening what Beethoven is to clothes designing."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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