# Thread: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correct?

1. ## his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correct?

Hello.

Dan is being chased but he needs to complete his mission of bringing you an explanation of the continuous passive. Does he succeed? Can he do it in 90 seconds? Will he swallow or choke on the secret formula? The video has the answers.

I have always thought that "someone is on a mission to do something" not "someone is on a mission of doing something".

I don't know which version is correct.

Thank you.

2. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

A mission of doing something is OK.

3. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

The most natural question in the world is what is what is he being chased by. Or to put it another way, who or what is chasing him? Do we know, or do we have to guess?

4. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

I am sorry for answering you so late.

Session 1

1 Activity Continuous passive

22 Feb 2016
Dan is being chased but he needs to complete his mission of bringing you an explanation of the continuous passive. Does he succeed? Can he do it in 90 seconds? Will he swallow or choke on the secret formula? The video has the answers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish...ediate/unit-12

5. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

I know that there is a pattern "She is on a mission to civilise unexplored territories". Is there a pattern "She is on a mission of civilising unexplored territories"?

Maybe there are other structures using "mission" that are followed by "to infinitive" or "of -ing form".

Could you provide me with some examples of such structures?

Thank you.

6. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

I prefer "his mission to bring you".

7. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

I tried the link, but there are no videos. That site does make learning English seem exciting.

8. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

There was not supposed to be any video on the website.

9. ## Re: his mission of bringing you or his mission to bring you - which version is correc

Both versions sound OK to me. There is a difference - one uses the genitive 'his mission'.
"He was given a mission to infiltrate the enemy. Has he completed his mission of infiltrating the enemy?"
Only 'to' sounds right in the first sentence (to me). Either would work in the second.

A feature of the second sentence is that the mission has already been identified and assigned. It could have been written, "Has he completed his mission?" 'Of' introduces a gerund phrase that identifies his specific mission, as in, "Has he completed his mission, ie. the infiltration of the enemy?"
Similarly, "He was given the task to take out the rubbish". Has he carried out his task of taking out the rubbish?"

I'm not sure this really explains it, but 'of' is definitely acceptable here.

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