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    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!

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    #2

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

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

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    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?

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    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.

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    #5

    Re: Gerund and/or infinitive

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

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    #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.

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    #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.

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