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    proposing/to propose

    Hello guys.
    "It makes him happy proposing to me"
    Or
    "It makes him happy to propose to me"

    What is the difference?

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    Re: To or Ing?

    "Proposing to me makes him happy" is more natural.

    However, neither makes much sense. Using the present tense suggests a regular or habitual action. Usually, someone proposes to someone else (hopefully) just once, not on a regular basis.

    Yesterday, Bob proposed to me. I said yes. It made him very happy!

    I assume you know that "to propose" when used on its own usually means "to ask someone to marry you".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To or Ing?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Proposing to me makes him happy" is more natural.

    However, neither makes much sense. Using the present tense suggests a regular or habitual action. Usually, someone proposes to someone else (hopefully) just once, not on a regular basis.

    Yesterday, Bob proposed to me. I said yes. It made him very happy!

    I assume you know that "to propose" when used on its own usually means "to ask someone to marry you".
    Yeah, I think your sentence sounds more natural.
    But, "It makes him happy proposing to me", "proposing to me" functions as an adverbial?

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    Re: To or Ing?

    I consider it a gerund phrase, which functions as a noun.
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    Re: To or Ing?

    I have changed your original thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: To or Ing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I consider it a gerund phrase, which functions as a noun.
    Why is it a gerund phrase?
    I thought gerund phrase always functions as a noun?

    In this sentence, "Proposing to me makes him happy", I understand that ''proposing to me'' acts as gerund phrase, which function as a noun.
    But in this sentence, "It makes him happy proposing to me", ''proposing to me'' functions as a noun too?

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    Re: To or Ing?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    Why is it a gerund phrase?
    Because the pronoun 'It' refers to 'proposing to me' in your sentence.
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