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    #1

    "to see" vs "seeing"

    Hi,
    Please have a look at this:

    " Do you like the octopus?"
    " Oh, no! Just .... it makes me sick."
    a. the sight of b. to see
    c. to be seen d. about seeing
    ===>>> I think a is right, but could you please tell me why b is not right? We can still say "seeing it makes me sick" and "to see" and "seeing" seems equivalent

    Many thanks
    Newbie


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    Re: "to see" vs "seeing"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,
    Please have a look at this:

    " Do you like the octopus?"
    " Oh, no! Just .... it makes me sick."
    a. the sight of b. to see
    c. to be seen d. about seeing
    ===>>> I think a is right, but could you please tell me why b is not right? We can still say "seeing it makes me sick" and "to see" and "seeing" seems equivalent

    Many thanks
    Newbie
    I agree, a) is the right choice. 'To see' in this context would imply condition. Consequently, you will have to change the form of the verb.
    'To see it would make me sick'. But the sentence now has a different meaning, suggesting a one-time action and not a characteristic quality as the original one.
    The gerund 'seeing' would be correct in your sentence, but without the preposition 'about.'

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    #3

    Re: "to see" vs "seeing"

    .... it makes me sick

    The blank has to be a noun.
    Seeing it (gerund) makes me sick is also acceptable. 'The sight of it' is better.


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    Re: "to see" vs "seeing"

    I agree, a) is the right choice. 'To see' in this context would imply condition. Consequently, you will have to change the form of the verb.
    'To see it would make me sick'. But the sentence now has a different meaning, suggesting a one-time action and not a characteristic quality as the original one.
    The gerund 'seeing' would be correct in your sentence, but without the preposition 'about.
    Thanks a lot, Clark, but I'm just not sure I can understand your explanation very clearly...


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    #5

    Re: "to see" vs "seeing"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Thanks a lot, Clark, but I'm just not sure I can understand your explanation very clearly...
    To see it would make me sick = If I saw it it would make me sick.
    'To see' has an implied meaning of condition.

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