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    Grammar Question : '-ing' vs 'to+infinitive'

    Hi, I'm a middle school student living in Korea. And I have a question about English grammar.

    The question is, is this sentence "My hobby is to make model planes" grammatically right?

    That sentence is written in one of the most famous English grammar book in Korea. And my school teacher taught me that. But, few hours ago, my new school teacher told me that, that sentence is wrong. She said I should use -ing like "My hobby is making model planes" instead of to + infinitive, because -ing and to + infinitive have different meanings. But, the grammar book, and my ex-English teacher told me that -ing and to + infinitive are same meaning and can be changed each other.

    I'm really confused by this question. Would you please tell me what is wrong and what is right? I would be pleased if I got the answer. Anyway, thank you for reading this post.

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    Re: Grammar Question : '-ing' vs 'to+infinitive'

    My hobby is to make model planes.

    My hobby is making model planes.

    I would reverse the sentence "Making model planes is my hobbie". I believe both sentences are correct, anyway. Let's wait for other opinions.

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    [quote=Unregistered;340515]Hi, I'm a middle school student living in Korea. And I have a question about English grammar.

    The question is, is this sentence "My hobby is to make model planes" grammatically right? No, "hobby" and "to make" are not suitable together.
    My hobby is making model airplanes.
    My goal is to make model airplanes.
    So part of the answer to your question is that it depends on which word comes before the infinitive or gerund.


    That sentence is written in one of the most famous English grammar book in Korea. Who wrote that book? And my school teacher taught me that. But, few hours ago, my new school

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi, I'm a middle school student living in Korea. And I have a question about English grammar.

    The question is, is this sentence "My hobby is to make model planes" grammatically right? No, "hobby" and "to make" are not suitable together.
    My hobby is making model airplanes.
    My goal is to make model airplanes.
    So part of the answer to your question is that it depends on which word comes before the infinitive or gerund.


    That sentence is written in one of the most famous English grammar book in Korea. Who wrote that book? And my school teacher taught me that. But, few hours ago, my new school
    I'd say it's a line call.
    I prefer "making", but I couldn't call "to make" wrong. It's quite common.
    Do you have a convincing argument about why "hobby" and "to make" are not suitable companions? If you do, I might change my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I'd say it's a line call.
    I prefer "making", but I couldn't call "to make" wrong. It's quite common.
    Do you have a convincing argument about why "hobby" and "to make" are not suitable companions? If you do, I might change my mind.
    They just don't sound right together, maybe partly because I don't hear them used together.
    But maybe there is a reason for that. After all, a hobby is something that you have already been doing. So it seems more logical to say 'My bobby is (making)(playing)(collecting)...' , not 'My hobby is to (make)(play)(collect)...'.
    So I agree with the new teacher in the original post here.

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    I would NEVER say "My hobby is to make ...", never. First, because it's quite a personal situation, this hobby of yours. Secondly, because it's an ongoing event, which takes place now and then, within a period of time.
    So the only correct version is: "Making ... is my hobby" rather than "My hobby is making ..."

    ... but I am no grammarian

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    Quote Originally Posted by brigita View Post
    So the only correct version is: "Making ... is my hobby" rather than "My hobby is making ..."

    I don't agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I don't agree.
    It would be hard to find a native speaker who would.


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    Guest:

    For your sentence, 2006 has set you straight on this one.
    Last edited by David L.; 17-Oct-2008 at 15:59.

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