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    INFINITIVE

    When I start a sentence, using verb TO BE do I always use with TO?

    Ex : To be or not to be?

    On the other hand, when the verb is NOT the verb TO BE , do I always use ING?

    Ex: Swimming is good for health.

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    Re: INFINITIVE

    No. And no.

    "Are you from Brazil?" That is a sentence that starts with a form of "to be."

    And "swimming" in your example sentence isn't a verb. It's a gerund, which is a noun formed from a verb.

    Whether you use an infinitive or a gerund has nothing to do with whether the verb is "to be" or not.

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    #3

    Re: INFINITIVE

    I am from Brazil.

    But, let me ask you.

    Swimming in this case is a noun, right?

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    Re: INFINITIVE

    Yes. It is a noun that is formed from a verb. That is called a "gerund."

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    #5

    Re: INFINITIVE

    Ok

    So,the sentence " To swim is good for health" is also correct?

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    #6

    Re: INFINITIVE

    Yes. Well, it should say "your health."

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    Re: INFINITIVE

    In that case "to swim" is an infinitive, which is also a noun.

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