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    Question spend+v-ing/to.....

    Is there any difference between these two sentences?
    (a)He spent a few days in Bali to bring his stress levels down.
    (b)He spent a few days in Bali bringing his stress levels down.

    Could we say "I'll need to spend an hour to rehearse with the cast." instead of "I'll need to spend an hour rehearsing with the cast."?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Sentence a indicates intention. Sentence b indicates what actually happened.

    Yes.


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    Re: spend+v-ing/to.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Aieda_Chiang View Post
    Is there any difference between these two sentences?
    (a)He spent a few days in Bali to bring his stress levels down.
    (b)He spent a few days in Bali bringing his stress levels down.

    Could we say "I'll need to spend an hour to rehearse with the cast." instead of "I'll need to spend an hour rehearsing with the cast."?

    Thanks a lot.
    Yes, a. is clearly an explanation of why he went to Bali while b. is more a description of what happened there.

    Even though your nextences appear to be parallel in structure, the infinitive form doesn't work very well. IMO, this is because spending an hour does not produce the desired effect as spending a few days in Bali did in the first case.

    You could say "I'll need an hour to rehearse with the cast."

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