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    Present participle vs to

    Hi guys.
    Any difference between these 2 sentences?
    1. ''I sent him a text, asking him out for dinner.''
    2. ''I sent him a text to ask him out for dinner.''

    But I have seen people using the first one. Why don't we use the second one?

    Same goes to these:
    ''She works 50 hours a week, subsidizing his husband's job.''
    OR
    ''She works 50 hours a week to subsidize his husband's job.''

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    Re: Present participle vs to

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    Hi guys.
    Any difference between these 2 sentences? There is no difference in meaning.
    1. ''I sent him a text, asking him out for dinner.''
    2. ''I sent him a text to ask him out for dinner.''

    But I have seen people using the first one. Why don't we use the second one? We do.

    Same goes for these:
    ''She works 50 hours a week, subsidizing her husband's job.''
    OR
    ''She works 50 hours a week to subsidize her husband's job.''
    Bhai.
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    Re: Present participle vs to

    Thanks for replying, bhaisahab. :)

    But,
    ''They left home, travelling somewhere else.'' & ''They left home to travel somewhere else.''
    I was told that the second sentence was the correct one. Is it true?

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    Re: Present participle vs to

    Neither one is very natural. They are both correct and mean the same, though.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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