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    To praise the ability to do something?

    Looking first only at the verb "to praise", as far as I know the correct use of this verb is:

    - To praise someone for something/for doing something


    Now if we look at the form of the noun "ability", followed by the infinitive construction with to such as:

    - You have the ability to run faster than me.


    What would look like the correct combination of both in a sentence like the following:


    a) Students generally praised him for his ability to create playful and motivating lessons.

    OR

    b) Students generally praised him for his ability for creating playful and motivatin lessons.

    Thanks!

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    Re: To praise the ability to do something?

    Quote Originally Posted by meraviglioso View Post
    Looking first only at the verb "to praise", as far as I know, the correct use of this verb is:

    - To praise someone for something/for doing something.


    Now if we let's look at the form of the noun "ability" followed by the infinitive construction with "to" such as:

    - You have the ability to run faster than me.


    What would look like be the correct combination of both in a sentence like the following?


    a) Students generally praised him for his ability to create playful and motivating lessons.

    OR

    b) Students generally praised him for his ability for creating playful and motivating lessons.

    Thanks!
    "A" is natural; "b" is not.

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