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    Gerund or infinitive

    Hello everyone, I'm new here and have some doubts with the following use of gerund or infinitive

    We're looking forward to meet / meeting John at last ( I'd choose meeting) but donít know why

    It's difficult to know / knowing with her (I'd choose to know)

    I think itís essential for him to come / coming from the same background (I'd choose to come)

    I really don't know if my answers or correct, but would really like to know the reason


    Thanks in advance for your help, I really appreciate it

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    not a teacher

    We are looking forward to something (noun/gerund)

    not

    We are looking forward to do something (verb)

    The gerund here is 'meeting John'.

    The second and third sentences are about straightforward infinitives.

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    #3

    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Actually, "meeting" is the gerund. "John" is the direct object of the gerund.

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Welcome to the forum, Marco.

    End every sentence with an appropriate punctuation mark. All of yours need a full stop (period) at the end.

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    #5

    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    'Meeting John' can be called 'a gerund phrase', according to http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/gerundphrase.htm

    Not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    "Phrase" is the operative word there.

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