Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 164
    #1

    Gerund and/or infinitive

    Hi everyone,

    My teacher told me that this sentence is not correct:-

    "We have the right of living in a healthy environment"

    and it should be:-

    "We have the right to live in a healthy environment."

    Can "the right" never be followed by a gerund? I think I have seen it but I can't find it anywhere.

    Thanks!

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 26,076
    #2

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

    Your teacher was right about your sentence. Never say "never".

  3. Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 164
    #3

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

    Does it depend on the context? When you say "Never say never" do you mean there is time when the gerund can be used?

  4. Raymott's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Academic
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,622
    #4

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

    I'd suggest that "Never say 'Never'" means that there is a time when the gerund might be usable. Often, there are too many different contexts to say 'always' or 'never'. It does not mean that bhaisahab has such a context in mind.

  5. Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 164
    #5

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

    If it might be possible to use the gerund, can anyone give me an example?

  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 8,205
    #6

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Interi...y.-a0293981386
    I found 'the right of rallying' above. Is it acceptable?

    Not a teacher.

  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 44,302
    #7

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

    I find it unnatural and would use "the right to rally". The example you gave from Bahrain. Perhaps the usage is OK in a local variant there.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] gerund or infinitive
    By yuriya in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Sep-2010, 13:49
  2. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-Nov-2007, 11:41
  3. to + gerund or infinitive
    By dtommy79 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2007, 16:54
  4. gerund and infinitive
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2007, 11:31
  5. gerund and infinitive
    By elliot in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Feb-2007, 09:48

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •