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    You don't have to waste your time reading such books.

    Are these two sentences OK?
    You don't have to waste your time reading such books.
    You don't have to waste your time on reading such books.

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    Re: You don't have to waste your time reading such books.

    The first is natural and grammatical.
    The second would be OK if you removed "reading".

    "to waste one's time on" is usually followed by a noun or pronoun (with or without an adjective).

    I don't waste my time on liars.
    She doesn't waste her time on trashy novels.
    They don't waste their time on trivialities.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Sep-2017 at 11:10.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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