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    Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Which one is correct?


    Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.

    Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives to drive at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.

    In the following link, we have "Risk life to do something".

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...your-life-neck

    In the link below, we have both "risk life to do" and "risk life doing".

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/risk

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Only the first sentence makes sense in this context.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Thanks Ratmott.

    It is really difficult to distinguish which verb form (-ing or to-infinitive) is better, when we have both forms in the following situations:


    • He risked his life helping others to escape.
    • Im not going to risk my neck (=risk my life) just to save a common criminal.
    • Why risk life and limb (=risk your life and health) jumping out of a plane justto raise money for charity?
    • The officer risked his life to save the drowning man.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Thanks, Piscean.
    It was an exhaustive explanation. I understant it completely. Now, I can make lots of sentences as well as understand this structure. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    I understant it completely.
    Was that a typo, or did you intend to use the past simple?

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    No. It was typo. I wanted to use present tense. Thank you, Teechar. It is really kind of you make a correction.
    Last edited by newkeenlearner; 02-Oct-2017 at 06:32.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    No. It was typo. I wanted to use present tense. Thank you, Teechar. It is really kind of you to make the correction.
    You're welcome.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    I think an article is missing before 'typo'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    No. It was a typo. I wanted to use the present tense. Thank you, Teechar. It is really kind of you to make the correction.
    Thanks Matthew.

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    Re: Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Which one is correct?


    Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.

    Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives to drive at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.
    To me:

    The first one implies that the activity of driving at ridiculous speeds is risky.

    The second one implies that the drivers risk their lives beforehand in order to have the opportunity to drive this way.
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