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    #1

    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

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

    Piscean
    (Prague resident)

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    #4

    Re: gerund or infinitive

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

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    #5

    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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    #6

    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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    #7

    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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