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    Use of Gerund

    Hi All,

    I was wondering if the use of the gerund in the following senentce correct.
    If not, how would you correct this sentence?

    "This week started with Blackstone's announcement of buying Hilton Hotels."


    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Re: Use of Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi All,

    I was wondering if the use of the gerund in the following senentce correct.
    If not, how would you correct this sentence?

    "This week started with Blackstone's announcement of buying Hilton Hotels."


    Thanks,

    MG.
    yes, the gerund is correct.
    To buy - goes just as well.

    One is an attributive clause, the other a complemental clause.

    Infinitival complementation tends to be preferred over the gerundial one in the more formal contexts.
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    I wonder if it's not the Hilton Hotels, though...
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    Re: Use of Gerund

    Thanks.

    Are you saying that the following is relatively more formal than the previous?

    "This week started with Blackstone's announcement to buy Hilton Hotels."

    Thanks again,

    -MG.

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    Re: Use of Gerund

    In formal letters, for instance, the infinitive c. is preferred over the gerund. So, it depends how formal you choose to be. Also, I have read that Americans more frequently use the gerund than British. Otherwise, both are correct E.

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    Re: Use of Gerund

    Thanks.

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