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  1. Snowcake's Avatar
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    #1

    consider

    Some sources say that 'consider' is usually followed by gerund, others say that 'to-infinitive is also possible. So all these explanations have left me puzzled.
    Which one is correct, and why?

    I am seriously considering specializing in ...

    I am seriously considering to specialize in ...


    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: consider

    To my ear, the to + infinitive sounds awkward and unnatural. I always use a gerund in those situations.

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    #3

    Re: consider

    Many thanks.

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    #4

    Re: consider

    But if "consider" means to believe someone or something to be, or think of them as, the pathern is "consider to+ infinitive".

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    #5

    Re: consider

    You mean eg: 'she is considered to be the best player of our team' ?


    Thank you.

    I was discussing the 'consider + ?' pattern with a friend, and it seemed that we couldn't find any reliable source. We searched the internet, and one website said this, the other said that. And I was confused by the 'ing + ing' thing.

    So I'm really happy to have clever and assisting people here.
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    #6

    Re: consider

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    You mean eg: 'she is considered to be the best player of our team' ?
    That (in passive) too. OR:
    What do you consider to be the best university in Germany?

    So I'm really happy to have clever and assisting people here.
    And I consider you to be one of them!

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    #7

    Re: consider

    Thanks a lot, the same to you. I'm glad I can help.

    And thanks for your explanation.

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