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    Gerund or infinitive

    The phrasal verb, adhere to, should be followed by gerund or infinitive?

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    You adhere to a noun, so a gerund would sound to me less strange than an infinitive, but still pretty odd:

    He adhered to eat only rice.
    He adhered to a policy of eating only rice.
    He adhered to eating only rice. Some people might find it acceptable, but it sounds rather awkward to me. Why not 'He ate only rice'?

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    Re: Gerund or infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You adhere to a noun, so a gerund would sound to me less strange than an infinitive, but still pretty odd:

    He adhered to eat only rice.
    He adhered to a policy of eating only rice.
    He adhered to eating only rice. Some people might find it acceptable, but it sounds rather awkward to me. Why not 'He ate only rice'?

    b
    Thank a million! I guess i've gotten what i need.

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