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    gerund or to infinitive (set out...)

    I wonder if set out is followed by gerund or to infinitive. My dictionary includes sentences: "She set out to break the world record" and "They succeeded in what they set out to do". But I found another one on the Internet which says "We won't set out looking for a draw".

    Are they both OK?

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    Re: gerund or to infinitive (set out...)

    They're both correct but the meaning is different.

    Set out + infinitive gives a purpose, an intention, a goal:
    She set out to learn perfect English.
    He set out to find a wife.
    They set out to become the world's best baseball team.

    Set out + gerund is not very common. It would tell how you did something.
    They set out running.
    They set out on their journey, cycling nearly a hundred kilometers a day.

    Wishing you success
    edward

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I wonder if set out is followed by gerund or to infinitive. My dictionary includes sentences: "She set out to break the world record" and "They succeeded in what they set out to do". But I found another one on the Internet which says "We won't set out looking for a draw".

    Are they both OK?

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