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    Excited to play/ Excited to be playing

    Hello all!

    I am a big fan of Federer whose English is really good. But the thing which confuses me a bit is that he uses: I am excited to play for future meaning e.g. when he is excited to play Hewitt tonight.

    Why does it confuse me a bit?

    My native speaker from America told me I can use it this way:

    1) -I am excited to play - in general e.g. I am excited to play at Wimbledon (not now but every year...it excites me)

    2) -I am excited to be playing - right now, or in the future

    My teacher from the Czech Republic agrees with him but still I am curious to know if I really canīt use (1) for future meaning or when it is happening right now. If yes would it be grammatically correct?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Excited to play/ Excited to be playing

    Federer could use either and be perfectly understood by everybody, because of context. Your American friend has correctly identified the slight difference that native speakers hear: "to be playing" means only "in the upcoming tournament", whereas "to play" might also be used in other contexts.

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    Re: Excited to play/ Excited to be playing

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post
    If yes would it be grammatically correct?
    I wouldn't say it's an error, but to be playing is much more natural. I'd follow the patterns your friend and teacher recommended.

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