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    finish/finishing the exams

    I don't know which form is correct between finish and finishing for finish the exams or finishing the exams. Also same for wait and waiting : wait for the results or waiting for the results​ ?

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    Re: finish/finishing the exams

    Welcome to the forum.

    It is always important on this forum to give us complete sentences to consider. Please write a new post with some sentences that include the various phrases you are trying to use and we will comment.

    Note that I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words/phrases you are querying.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: finish/finishing the exams

    Both versions of both phrases are possible depending on the context. Post some complete sentences and we will tell you if they are correct.
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    Re: finish/finishing the exams

    Ok thanks this is my first post.

    The complete sentence is: the time between finish the exams and wait for the results. But also I saw it's possible to say: The time between finishing the exams and waiting for the results.

    In this context don't know which is the correct form and don't understand why use -ing if it is correct.

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    Re: finish/finishing the exams

    Quote Originally Posted by gerss View Post
    Okay/OK thanks. This is my first post.

    The complete sentences is are:

    1. The time between finish the exams and wait for the results. But also I saw it's possible to say:
    2. The time between finishing the exams and waiting for the results.

    In this context don't know which is the correct form and don't understand why we use -ing if it is correct.
    First note that those are still not complete sentences but they have given us enough information to work with. The first is incorrect. The second is correct.

    We use the -ing form after words like "before", "after", "while" and "between".

    After eating my dinner, I went to bed.
    Before driving to my parents' house, I filled the car up with petrol.
    While eating my dinner, I did my homework.
    Between eating my dinner and going to bed, I watched a film.

    To turn yours into a full sentence, you need to add something at the end, such as "The time between finishing the exams and receiving the results feels like months but it's actually only a couple of weeks".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: finish/finishing the exams

    Thanks for the help, now I understand. Also I'll try to write better in my next post.

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    Re: finish/finishing the exams

    We use gerunds after prepositions.

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