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    #1

    to be Ving

    1. The girl is too small to be handling a car.
    2. The girl is too small to handle a car.

    What's the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: to be Ving

    No real difference.

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    #3

    Re: to be Ving

    There could be a difference, Mike. Suppose somebody puts her five-year-old in the driver's seat of her car. Somebody says: "She's too small to be handling a car." The mother says: "What could she possibly do?" "Well," her friend says, "she could put the car in reverse and run into a couple of parked vehicles." (That actually happened here in Charlotte recently.)

    On the other hand, "She's too small to handle a car" might mean that the child can't do anything with the car (which is probably what her mother was thinking when she left the child in the driver's seat.)

    What do you think?

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    #4

    Re: to be Ving

    I still say, "no real difference". In both cases, the advice is to not let the girl drive a car.

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    #5

    Re: to be Ving

    Are we talking about someone being too small or too young?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: to be Ving

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I still say, "no real difference". In both cases, the advice is to not let the girl drive a car.
    The advice is the same, but I think that the more real the handling, the more likely I would be to use the first.

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