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    What is it like + the infinitve

    "What is it like to be a bat?"
    "What is it like to die?"

    Why do these speakers use the infinitive in these questions?

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    Re: What is it like + the infinitve

    What would you suggest as an alternative?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is it like + the infinitve

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What would you suggest as an alternative?
    I would say "What is being a bat like?" or "What is it like?" instead.

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    Re: What is it like + the infinitve

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    "What is it like?"
    Do you mean 'What is it like being a bat'?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: What is it like + the infinitve

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you mean 'What is it like being a bat'?

    Not a teacher.
    I'm not accustomed to using the gerund or the infinitive in 'what is it like' question. Do people use them to explain the meaning of 'it'?

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    Re: What is it like + the infinitve

    'What is it like to be a bat?'
    'It is like being a flying mouse to be a bat.'
    'To be a bat is like being a flying mouse.'
    'It' refers to 'to be a bat'.

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 21-Dec-2014 at 17:40.

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