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Thread: to be/ being

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    Smile to be/ being

    Not sure about the diffenrences between to be and being. I am unable to figure out why some of the below sentences have to be and being. May I seek help here? THANKS.

    * The refugees risked being captured as they tried to escape through mountains.

    *She pretended to be sick.

    *I resent being treated like a servent.

    *She appears to be the most qualified person for the job.

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    Re: to be/ being

    I am afraid that there is not a clear reason; some verbs are followed by a gerund and other by a bare or full infinitive. It is basically a matter of accepting this and trying to remember what comes after different verbs.


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