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    Arrow propose doing sth

    Hi, everyone. I find the construction of propose doing sth in the dictionary.
    In my impression, the construction is wrong. But I'm not sure. I wonder what is the difference between propose to do and propose doing.

    I remember:
    When propose means "to suggest", "propose doing something" is used only.
    When propose means "to intend", "propose to do something" is used only.


    The constructions in the dictionary confuses me.
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    2 [transitive] (formal) to intend to do something
    propose to do something
    What do you propose to do now?
    propose doing something
    How do you propose getting home?
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    Does "How do you propose getting home?" means "how do you intend to get home?"

    Thanks

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    Re: propose doing sth

    It means "how do you suggest getting home". You will find that many verbs can take either an infinitive or a gerund or both.

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