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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    refuse

    Is it possible (and correct) to say the following sentence?

    1) "He refused going to school unless his parents allowed him to take a toy with him."

    or do I have to use infinitive?:

    2) "He refused to go to school unless his parents allowed him to take a toy with him."


    If both of the setences are correct, do they have different meanings?
    E.g. 1) going => he won't go today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow etc. - for a long time, generally
    2) to go => just one day (e.g. "today")

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    Re: refuse

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    Is it possible (and correct) to say the following sentence?

    1) "He refused going to school unless his parents allowed him to take a toy with him."

    or do I have to use infinitive?:

    2) "He refused to go to school unless his parents allowed him to take a toy with him."


    If both of the setences are correct, do they have different meanings?
    E.g. 1) going => he won't go today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow etc. - for a long time, generally
    2) to go => just one day (e.g. "today")
    I think you have to use infinitive after "refuse" and consequently the second sentence is correct.

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    Re: refuse

    Generally, you should use "refuse + infinitive".
    e.g.: He refused to go because of homework.

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