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    right or wrong?

    "Nothing I could think of to say would interest these people."

    Is this sentence right or wrong?

    "Of" is an preposition, so why it is "to say" but not "saying"?

    Please explain me.

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    Re: right or wrong?

    It's correct. You could also say 'of saying'. I suppose it depends on what you think the preposition is governing- if you think it's the verb, use the gerund, but if you think it's nothing, then use the infinitive.

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    Exclamation Re: right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    "Nothing I could think of to say would interest these people."

    Is this sentence right or wrong?

    "Of" is an preposition, so why it is "to say" but not "saying"?

    Please explain me.

    Thank you
    I think the sentence is not correct.Prepositions are not normally used before infinitives in English. After verb/noun/adjective + preposition, it is usually used -ing form. But in case, an infinitive is used the preposition is dropped. Example: He asked TO BORROW some money.

    So here you have to either drop the preposition "of" or use 'ing' form "saying" instead of "to say".

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    #4

    Re: right or wrong?

    It is correct, the preposition 'of' is governing 'nothing'.

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    #5

    Re: right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    I think the sentence is not correct.Prepositions are not normally used before infinitives in English. After verb/noun/adjective + preposition, it is usually used -ing form. But in case, an infinitive is used the preposition is dropped. Example: He asked TO BORROW some money.

    So here you have to either drop the preposition "of" or use 'ing' form "saying" instead of "to say".

    I can't fully agree with you here. You will find infinitives used after 'of' on occasions, and I feel that this is one of them. I have attached a document with two tables from the Corpus of Contemporary American English - I am afraid that the BNC seems to be down at the moment so I haven't been able to search it. The second table has examples of 'to say' coming after 'of' like 'all I could think of to say', which sound natural enough to me. 'Nothing' comes in initial position, but what is its function in the grammar of the sentence?

    PS It's a Zip file with a Word document with the tables from the website, though I used OpenOffice to save- I hope it has survived the journey.

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    Re: right or wrong?

    Thank you so much for your sincere answers.

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