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    gerund or infinitive

    Is this sentence correct?

    Several motives guided me to decide to visit Prague.

    I have learned that "decide" is followed by infinitive, yet it sounds strange.

    Thank you very much for your help!

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    #2

    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Led would be more natural than "guided". It still wouldn't be my favorite sentence but it's grammatically correct.

    You could write I decided to visit Prague after considering a number of things.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: gerund or infinitive

    I have learned that "decide" is followed by infinitive
    True, but the gerund can be used with "decide on":

    "After much deliberation, I decided on visiting Prague."

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I decided to visit Prague
    Good decision.

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    #5

    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Several factors motivated me to visit Prague.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Phaedrus, I cannot fault your answer but please read this extract from the Forum Guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language.

    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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    #7

    Re: gerund or infinitive

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language.
    My answer reflected an excellent understanding of the English language.

    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.
    I have read the guidelines and am glad I didn't neglect to say anything that needed to be said.

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    My answer reflected an excellent understanding of the English language.
    Agreed. I said I could not fault it.
    I have read the guidelines and am glad I didn't neglect to say anything that needed to be said.
    If you are a teacher please amend your profile.

    We have several valued members whose contributions we greatly appreciate and who are happy to comply with the guideline.

    We would be sorry to lose you.


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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Thank you, Rover.

    If you are a teacher please amend your profile.
    I am an ESL teacher in that I teach ESL. Teaching ESL is something that I have long been doing on a daily basis. To me, that makes me an ESL teacher for the purposes of your guidelines. There is no need for me to tell people that I am not something that I am and to encourage them not to take what I say seriously. On the other hand, I hesitate to claim formally in my profile that I am an ESL teacher, just in case there is an unwritten definition here that being an ESL teacher means being a paid credentialed classroom ESL teacher.

    What I am, and have been for the last four years, is an unpaid uncredentialed online ESL teacher. I am the main moderator at a different grammar forum. I was hired (in my unpaid online teaching capacity) by a woman who had taught ESL in the classroom for over thirty years. The forum is run by a major publisher of ESL materials. I am currently in the process of applying to a TESOL Master's degree program at a university in California. Assuming I enter the program in the fall, I will soon have classroom ESL teaching experience, along with a certificate and ultimately an M.A. degree in TESOL.

    In light of the above (I might also mention that I have completed much advanced university coursework in generative/transformational grammar, am a native speaker of English, and have a massive grammar-book library), would it be OK with you if I amended my profile and did not say "not a teacher" at the beginning of my postings here? I won't post here often anyway. Generally speaking, I have my hands full at the site I moderate. But occasionally, I might feel inspired, as here, to say something, or to ask a question so as to gather feedback from my fellow native grammar enthusiasts.

    Ironically, what draws me here periodically is a member of yours, whom I miss at my own forum, who always emphasizes that he is not a teacher.

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    Re: gerund or infinitive

    Thank you, Phaedrus. You are clearly qualified to call yourself a teacher here. Please contribute as frequently as you have the time for.

    I needed to forestall complaints from other members who could have wanted to know why I'd asked them to add 'Not a teacher' while failing to ask you the same.

    A good few members call themselves an 'Academic', leaving us wondering in what field of academia their specialities lie.

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