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  1. vivianlee10
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    Smile infinitive vs. gerund

    Could anyone help me figure the following question out:
    What is the difference between infinitive and gerund when they are used as subject?
    Ex. "To have a good study habit" is important for him. vs. "Having a good study habit" is important for him.

    Thank you for answering this question.

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    Re: infinitive vs. gerund

    Your examples show the difference. It is simply how they are worded.

    1) "To have a good study habit" is important for him. is the infinitve expression

    and

    2) "Having a good study habit" is important for him. is a gerund form.

    NOW - about the MEANING of these two sentences. They ARE different.

    "To have good study habits is important to him" means that this particular quality is important. In a list of important qualities, to have good study habits would be included.

    "Having good study habits is important to him." seems more personal and implies that this is a quality that he practices.

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