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    a.My dream is to become a soccer player.
    b.My dream is becoming a soccer player.

    Which is more natural? Could you tell me the reason as well?

    Thank you!

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    #2

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    "My dream is to become a soccer player" means that you would like to become a soccer player. "My dream is becoming a soccer player" makes sense only if your dream can become a soccer player. (It can't.)


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    #3

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    Thank you.

    How about these sentences below?

    a.My hobby is playing the guitar.
    b.My hobby is to play the guitar.

    Which sounds more natural? Or are they pretty much the same?

    Thank you.

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    "My hobby is playing the guitar" means that you play the guitar and it is your hobby. As for "My hobby is to play the guitar,' you would have to tell me what that means. (I don't think your hobby can play the guitar.)

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    "My hobby is playing the guitar" means that you play the guitar and it is your hobby. As for "My hobby is to play the guitar,' you would have to tell me what that means. (I don't think your hobby can play the guitar.)
    Thank you.
    So, you mean "My hobby is to play the guitar." is not acceptable?

    Well, the point is・・・,

    "Sentence a. and b. are grammatically interchangeable"

    that's what I was taught as a student.

    It was wrong after all.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 09-May-2008 at 11:05.

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you.
    So, you mean "My hobby is to play the guitar." is not acceptable?

    Well, the point is・・・,

    "Sentence a. and b. are grammatically interchangeable"

    that's what I was taught as a student.

    It was wrong after all.



    I consulted my experience, my wife, and the Internet. We all agree.

    About half of those using the second sentence were either Japanese or Italian. The first sentence is a typical construction sploken one of two ways:
    My hobby is playing the guitar.
    Playing the guitar is my hobby.
    Teaching English online is my hobby.
    My hobby is teaching English online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I consulted my experience, my wife, and the Internet. We all agree.

    About half of those using the second sentence were either Japanese or Italian. The first sentence is a typical construction sploken one of two ways:
    My hobby is playing the guitar.

    Playing the guitar is my hobby.

    Teaching English online is my hobby.

    My hobby is teaching English online.
    I really appreciate your kindness.
    I wonder why Japanese and Italian make the same mistake(?).
    Could you tell me(paraphrase) what the underlined part means? Do you mean Those four sentences above are all correct?

    May I ask you one more question?
    Are these sentences below acceptable?

    a.To play the guitar is my hobby.
    b.To teach English online is my hobby.

    Please give me your reply when you are free.
    Thank you again.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I really appreciate your kindness.
    I wonder why Japanese and Italian make the same mistake(?).
    Could you tell me(paraphrase) what the underlined part means? Do you mean Those four sentences above are all correct?

    May I ask you one more question?
    Are these sentences below acceptable?

    a.To play the guitar is my hobby.
    b.To teach English online is my hobby.
    I found only eight examples of "To play the guitar is my hobby" on the Internet (via Google). Half of those were of foreign origin (non-native English speakers).

    Possible sentences using the key phrase:
    It is my goal to teach guitar someday.
    It is my goal to play the guitar in concert.
    It is my goal to teach ESL.
    It is my goal to retire in five years.
    I want to learn how to play the guitar.
    I would like to learn to speak Spanish.

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