avoid

I avoided ____ him.


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Tdol

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i found from the dictionary
I crossed the street to avoid meeting him, but he saw me and came running towards me.
 

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Firelord said:
i found from the dictionary
I crossed the street to avoid meeting him, but he saw me and came running towards me.

Yes, that's correct. The verb "avoid" can take a gerund (seeing) as a complement, but it cannot take an infinitive (to see). :wink:
 

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red rose said:
Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?

Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

:(
 

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Silentium said:
RonBee said:
red rose said:
Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?

Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

:(

:shock: I thought the answer was "to see". this proves how poor my English is lol :oops:

This, too, can be overcome. Welcome to UsingEnglish. :hi:
 
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MikeNewYork said:
Silentium said:
RonBee said:
red rose said:
Ithink seeing is the correct answer ...isnt it?

Yes, it is. One simply cannot "avoid to see" somebody.

:(

:shock: I thought the answer was "to see". this proves how poor my English is lol :oops:

This, too, can be overcome. Welcome to UsingEnglish. :hi:
First I thought that it's "avoid seeing her". Then I checked in the dictionary and found out that I was right. Great! My English is not that bad at all.
 

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Hi, Yulia; you were right. It's a common mistake, as you can see in the voting, which is why it is tested so regularly in exams. ;-)
 

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Don't avoid using a gerund.;-)
 
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tdol said:
Don't avoid using a gerund.;-)

Provided you know how to use it correctly. I, myself, sometimes don't know was what I've just said correct or not, but absolutely sure that I make lots of mistakes. :(
 

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All learners make mistakes- it's through making mistakes that we come to learn the correct forms.;-)
 
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tdol said:
All learners make mistakes- it's through making mistakes that we come to learn the correct forms.;-)

Thanks, veru encouraging. It let you think that if you are really eager about doing something, you can do that! :p
 
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tdol said:
All learners make mistakes- it's through making mistakes that we come to learn the correct forms.;-)

What will be correct: It lets you, or It let you? :?
 

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yulia said:
tdol said:
All learners make mistakes- it's through making mistakes that we come to learn the correct forms.;-)

What will be correct: It lets you, or It let you? :?

I let you
She lets you
He lets you
It lets you

We let you
They let you

:D
 
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Casiopea said:
yulia said:
tdol said:
All learners make mistakes- it's through making mistakes that we come to learn the correct forms.;-)

What will be correct: It lets you, or It let you? :?

I let you
She lets you
He lets you
It lets you

We let you
They let you

:D

The reason why I asked is that "let" is the modal verb and for most of the modal verbs you cannot add "s" at the end.

:?
 

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yulia said:
Casiopea said:
yulia said:
tdol said:
All learners make mistakes- it's through making mistakes that we come to learn the correct forms.;-)

What will be correct: It lets you, or It let you? :?

I let you
She lets you
He lets you
It lets you

We let you
They let you

:D

The reason why I asked is that "let" is the modal verb and for most of the modal verbs you cannot add "s" at the end.

:?

If it is used in the past tense, it would be let in all the instances Cas cited.

:)
 
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I'm like a dog with two tails

I got the correct answer.However, the members above had explained the
rule needn't to add.

see you around!
 
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