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    "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    I am a beginner at English.

    My sentences have may mistakes grammatically.

    Please, understand me and tell me about grammatical mistakes.

    I hope i get a correct answer to below.

    "My hobby was to collect albums" VS "My hobby was collecting albums"

    Please, Look at the red letters.

    "To + Infinite" is correct ? or "~ ing" is correct ?

    When used in the past.

    Thank you for reading this post.
    Last edited by Seo JIn Su; 15-Jan-2015 at 08:10.

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    #2

    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/218134-quot-ing-quot-VS-quot-to-infinitive-quot
    You asked a very similar question above, which has already been answered by MikeNewYork.

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    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/218134-quot-ing-quot-VS-quot-to-infinitive-quot
    You asked a very similar question above, which has already been answered by MikeNewYork.

    Not a teacher.
    sorry but I think you are misunderstanding.
    Please, read his previous answer again .
    MikeNewYork's answer was advice about Poorly written sentences.
    I hope i get a correct answer
    Thank you for Your interest.

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    #4

    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    If 'was to collect' or 'was collecting' was incorrect, MikeNewYork would have told you in his previous answer.
    On another forum, people said that the ing word is more natural.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    Quote Originally Posted by Seo JIn Su View Post
    I am a beginner at English. Unnecessary.

    My sentences have may mistakes grammatically. Unnecessary.

    I hope i get a correct answer to below. Unnecessary

    Please (no comma required here) understand me and tell me about if there are any grammatical mistakes.

    "My hobby was to collect albums" VS "My hobby was collecting albums."

    Please (no comma required here) look at the red letters.

    Is "To + infinitive" is correct or is "~ ing" is correct when used in the past?

    Thank you for reading this post. Unnecessary
    See above. Remember to follow the rules of written English at all times:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" and all proper nouns.
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

    Note that we don't use a capital letter after a comma unless the next word is a proper noun or the word "I".

    Both your example sentences are acceptable. The "-ing" form is more common and natural for me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    In my opinion, both are correct and the second is more common.

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    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    Thank you.

    "My hobby was collecting album"

    You think the above sentence is more natural.

    I am a little confused that i thought "To + infinite" is more nature.

    I am feeling gloomy.

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    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    Thanks to all people who has an interest to me.
    Last edited by Seo JIn Su; 15-Jan-2015 at 14:45.

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    #9

    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    Yes, more natural, if you pluralize "album".

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    #10

    Re: "~ing" VS "to + infinitive"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Seo Jin Su:

    The difference between the gerund and the infinitive has confused me, too.

    May I share something that I found on the Web (I forget where)? I personally like the explanation, but I do not claim that it is necessarily "correct."

    That source says that generally we use a gerund for something that has actually happened; we use an infinitive for a hope that has not come true yet. It gives these two examples:

    1. His favorite activity is chasing girls. (He has actual past and present experience in dating many young ladies.)

    2. His hope is to marry a beautiful girl. (That is a future hope.)

    IF you agree with that source, then you might consider using the gerund in your sentence, for you seem to have a lot of experience in that activity.



    James

    ***** UPDATE *****

    I was able to find the article. Go to the Google search engine and type in these words:

    Tenth Week Verbals: Gerund or Infinitive
    Last edited by TheParser; 15-Jan-2015 at 23:49. Reason: Update

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