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    commute

    Hi
    Is it a good sentence:

    It's always better to work in your hometown rather than to commute.

    I thought that maybe it should be commuting.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: commute

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi
    Is it a good sentence:

    It's always better to work in your hometown rather than to commute.

    I thought that maybe it should be commuting.

    Thanks
    To commute is fine, commuting is also fine, it's a question of style.

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    Re: commute

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    To commute is fine, commuting is also fine, it's a question of style.
    how about "commute"? ...rather than commute.


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    Re: commute

    It's always better to work in your hometown rather than to commute.

    'to commute' is the appropriate choice for your sentence, as it is stating 'a general rule', 'a principle', like a wise saying or a proverb. It covers all situations, present and future.

    Compare with the sentence:
    "I find it so much easier working from home, rather than commuting to the office each day."
    Here, I am talking about a specific situation, a specific instance.

    Using an infinitive suggests that you are talking about potential or possible activities or experiences.
    Using a gerund suggests that you are referring to real activities or experiences.
    Last edited by David L.; 11-Sep-2008 at 19:17.

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    Re: commute

    Thank you for your thorough explanations David!

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