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  1. Redy's Avatar

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    Go back to Doing sth

    Dear Teachers,

    I got a question. Take a look at the 2 sentences,

    1. I have to go back to watching TV
    2. I have to go back to watch TV

    Which one is correct?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Go back to Doing sth

    Quote Originally Posted by Redy View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I got a question. Take a look at the 2 sentences,

    1. I have to go back to watching TV
    2. I have to go back to watch TV

    Which one is correct?

    Thanks in advance
    Either, depending on what you mean:

    1 I started out by watching TV. Then I did some gardening. Then I read for a while. After that, I have to go back to watching TV. ["go back to + verb-ing" means 'revert to a former practice'.

    2 I used to have a portable TV, so I didn't have to go back home whenever I wanted to watch something. But they've changed the frequency of the broadcasts, so that reception on the portable one is very bad - I have to go back to watch TV.

    So - and this is the answer I imagine you're looking for - when 'go back to' relates to the other verb, use the -ing form. When 'go back' refers to actual locomotion use the 'to' infinitive.

    b

  3. Redy's Avatar

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    Re: Go back to Doing sth

    Thanks, Teacher Bobk, I very appreciate your help!

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