Student or Learner
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.
Solving this problem was clever of you.
Otherwise, use "to solve" as the more natural choice (to my American ears).
{not a teacher}
I'm not proff.
I'd say : " How clever of you to solve this math problem"
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.
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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