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    of you to solve or of you solving

    Would you please tell me which one is correct?


    1. It's clever of you to solve this math problem.
    2. It's clever of you solving this math problem.




    Thank you.

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    Re: of you to solve or of you solving

    Quote Originally Posted by naroad View Post
    Would you please tell me which one is correct?


    1. It's clever of you to solve this math problem.
    2. It's clever of you solving this math problem.


    Thank you.
    I'm not a professional teacher, but I would say "it WAS clever of you to solve this maths problem".

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    Re: of you to solve or of you solving

    Solving this problem was clever of you.
    Otherwise, use "to solve" as the more natural choice (to my American ears).

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    Re: of you to solve or of you solving

    I'm not proff.

    I'd say : " How clever of you to solve this math problem"


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    Re: of you to solve or of you solving

    With one simple modification, both are correct:
    Take:
    It is wise (of you) to take guidance from wise men.
    1. It's clever of you to solve this math problem.

    AND
    2. It's clever of you, solving this math problem.- NOTE THE COMMA
    'it' is the pronoun, and refers to the verbal noun/gerund 'solving'.
    Hence, the reverse construction:
    Solving this math problem is clever of you.

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    Re: of you to solve or of you solving

    Just curious - am I the only native speaker who would find the past tense more natural here? I posted that I would say "it WAS clever of you ..." because I read the remark as referring to a problem already solved, and because the phrase seems more natural. Indeed, that's sort of construction heard used by my own teachers when I was a child, and which I use with my own students. To my ear, saying "it is clever of you to solve this problem" sounds somehow slightly "off". Am I alone in this?

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    Re: of you to solve or of you solving

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    To my ear, saying "it is clever of you to solve this problem" sounds somehow slightly "off".
    Agreed.

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