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    #1

    Winning was everything.

    In this sentence: "Winning was everything ". Is winning used as gerund or infinitive?

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    #2

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Gerund. Infinitives don't end in -ing.

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    #3

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Gerund. Infinitives don't end in -ing.
    This sentence was given as an example for infinitive in a website.

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    #4

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Then stop using that website. Mike is right; the website is wrong.

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    Re: Winning was everything.

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

    Hello, Elitez:

    Kindly remember the appearance of infinitives and gerunds, and then you will not be confused in the future.

    I have made up these sentences:

    1. To eat ice cream is fun. (infinitive).
    2. Eating ice cream is fun. (gerund)

    3. I like reading newspapers. (gerund)
    4. I like to read newspapers. (infinitive)

    Note: Sometimes the "to" of the infinitive is optional after certain verbs (such as "help"): "He helped me (to) do it."

    Note: Sometimes the "to" of the infinitive must NOT be used after certain verbs (such as "see"): "I saw him do it."

    (Books use the term "bare infinitive" for an infinitive without the word "to.")

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    #6

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Very good explanation. Thank you TheParser.

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    #7

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Elitez, which website link is that?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Elitez, which website link is that?
    http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/verbals.htm

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    #9

    Re: Winning was everything.

    You misunderstood. The writer was trying, by showing that the infinitive can be used in the same way as a gerund, and because the gerund is a noun, the infinitive can function as a noun.

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    #10

    Re: Winning was everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    This sentence was given as an example for infinitive in a website.
    'Winning was everything.
    (This proves that the infinitive to win is being used a noun.)'── quoted from the site shown in the OP's post#8.

    I think 'the infinitive' refers to 'to win' instead of 'Winning', but I am not a teacher.

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