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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    requires to be self-disciplined

    Being a telecommuter requires to be self-disciplined, independent and industrious.

    Some friends of mine are saying that it's not correct to say "requires to be" in the sentence above. They think it should be "requires being". However, I don't see anything wrong with it.

    Who is right?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: requires to be self-disciplined

    Your version is incorrect. Your friends are correct that "requires being" could be used. However, it doesn't make a very natural sentence.

    Being a telecommuter requires you/one to be self-disciplined, independent and industrious.
    Being a telecommuter requires self-discipline, independence and hard work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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