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    Rather than lose precious sleep discussing...

    "Rather than lose precious sleep discussing it now, I think we should go to bed and talk about it in the morning."

    Is the above sentence correct? If so, why "lose" instead of losing, like in "Rather than going ahead, he stayed behind serving people" we used "-ing" form, which is correct. Please compare both.

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    Re: Rather than lose precious sleep discussing...

    You can use either form of the verb with rather than.

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    Re: Rather than lose precious sleep discussing...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    why "lose" instead of losing
    Because 'than' can be either a conjunction or preposition.

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    Re: Rather than lose precious sleep discussing...

    Thank you. Some more explanation on prepositions' and conjunctions' connection to using "ing" form, please.
    Last edited by MeyaN; 06-Nov-2016 at 13:58.

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    Re: Rather than lose precious sleep discussing...

    Why did you put apostrophes in prepositions and conjunctions​?

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    Re: Rather than lose precious sleep discussing...

    I wondered that but then I saw that it's a question about their "connection to the -ing form".

    However, it should be "prepositions' and conjunctions' connection to ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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