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    #1

    get more people washing

    And / many of the efforts to get more people washing their handsmore often / have been sadly ineffective.

    What is the difference between the two? Is 1 more continuing while 2, one time action?
    1.get more people washing
    2.get more people to wash

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    #2

    Re: get more people washing

    There is no difference in my opinion. They are the two forms of the infinitive.

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    #3

    Re: get more people washing

    Well, one is an infinitive and the other is a participle.

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    #4

    Re: get more people washing

    It can be a participle, of course. But here I think it is a contraction of the infinitive.

    From the wikipedia article on infinitives:

    "English has infinitive constructions which are marked (periphrastically) for aspect: perfect, progressive (continuous), or a combination of the two (perfect progressive). These can also be marked for passive voice (as can the plain infinitive):


    • (to) eat (plain infinitive, active)
    • (to) be eaten (passive)
    • (to) have eaten (perfect active)
    • (to) have been eaten (perfect passive)
    • (to) be eating (progressive active)
    • (to) be being eaten (progressive passive)
    • (to) have been eating (perfect progressive active)"


    So for example: I don't like to wash dishes. I don't like washing dishes. It seems to me that there is no grammatical difference and that "to wash" is identical to "washing" in this case. So isn't "washing" just a contraction of the infinitive "to be washing"?

    I am not certain about this. I'm just sayin'.
    Last edited by probus; 11-Apr-2015 at 05:53.

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    #5

    Re: get more people washing

    No. In "I don't like washing dishes", "washing" is a gerund (noun).

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    #6

    Re: get more people washing

    Okay. In that case would you amend your original reply to

    "Well, one is an infinitive and the other is a gerund"?

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    #7

    Re: get more people washing

    I retrospect, I would.

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