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    Infinitive or not?

    Is this sentence acceptable:

    For these unemployed people, to support their parents will be a heavy burden.

    I think 'supporting' is better, but why?


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    Re: Infinitive or not?

    Yes, I agree.
    Because the sentence is written, not as a generalization, when the infinitive would be used, but refers to a specific case. With the latter, we use the gerund.

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    Re: Infinitive or not?

    i think..

    "supporting your parents" would be your subject here.

    Remember you can turn verbs into nouns/noun phrases by using the gerund (ing)

    Smoking is forbidden.
    Staring at people is rude.
    Eating fresh food is important.

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