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    -ing or to+ infinitive?

    Hello everybody,
    I'd like to know which of the following sentences is correct, or if both are:

    1) It's not possible to visit the palace today
    2) It's not possible visiting the palace today.

    I would actually choose the first sentence as the right one, but in GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY FOR CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED AND PROFICIENCY I found the following examples, which are all considered correct:
    It's difficult to understand a word he said.
    It's fun working with you.

    Looking forward to your reply.

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    #2

    Re: -ing or to+ infinitive?

    Only sentence 1 is correct. I can't think of any way to explain why, though. Sorry!
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: -ing or to+ infinitive?

    Thank you for your reply, but does that mean that you consider "I'ts fun working with you" wrong? if not, in what way are the two sentences different? I'd really like to understand.

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    #4

    Re: -ing or to+ infinitive?

    The Cambridge examples are correct. Only the sentence numbered "2" is incorrect.

    These two sentences are correct, though not the most natural way to express the idea:

    To visit the palace today is not possible.
    Visiting the palace today is not possible.

    I composed them in the hopes that changing the form would reveal a pattern. Sadly, it didn't. All I can come up with is that some phrases have to be followed by a to​ infinitive. "It's not possible" and "It's difficult" are two of them.
    I am not a teacher.

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