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  1. Banned
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    #1

    better take the plane

    Better take the plane and pay a bit more than sitting in a crowded, uncomfortable bus for 9 hours.

    Is "sitting" correct here or should it be "sit" or "to sit"?
    I'm often confused whether to use the gerund or not. That's one of the hardest issues about learning English to me. So, when I feel unsure, would you say it's more awkward to use the gerund too often or too seldom?

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    #2

    Re: better take the plane

    It should be "sit" to reflect "take".

    [It's] better [to] take the plane ... than to sit ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: better take the plane

    Alternatively:

    'You'd be better off taking the plane and paying a bit more than sitting in a crowded, uncomfortable bus for 9 hours.'

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    #4

    Re: better take the plane

    If you don't know the word yet, Google parallelism.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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