gerund or infinitive

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Offroad

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dear teachers...

could you please comment on the correctness of these sentences?

a) I teach you one key secret to improving your speaking.
b) I teach you one key secret to improve your speaking [abilities/skills].
c) I teach you one secret key to improve your speaking skills.

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hi,

Please note I'm not a teacher or a native speaker;


a) I teach you [STRIKE]one key[/STRIKE] the secret [STRIKE]to[/STRIKE] of improving your speaking.
b) I teach you [STRIKE]one key[/STRIKE] the secret [STRIKE]to[/STRIKE] of improveing your speaking [abilities/skills].
c) I teach you one secret key to improvement of your speaking skills.

that's at least the way I'd put it.

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Could you please mark them wrong or right?

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hi,

Please note I'm not a teacher or a native speaker;


a) I teach you one key secret to improving your speaking. :down:
b) I teach you one key secret to improve your speaking [abilities/skills]. :down:
(above sentences have a wrong preposition)


c) I teach you one secret key to improve your speaking skills. :up:
anyway [key to + noun phrase ]

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Editors4Writers

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dear teachers...

could you please comment on the correctness of these sentences?

a) [STRIKE]I teach you one key secret to improving your speaking[/STRIKE].
b) I teach you one key secret to improve your speaking [abilities/skills].
c) I teach you one secret key to improve your speaking skills.

Many thanks

Are you trying to use infinitives as the subject complement?

Revised sentences:

Infinitives:

I'll tell you a key secret on how to improve your verbal skills.

I'll tell you a secret to improve your verbal skills.

To improve your verbal skills [subject], I'll tell you a secret.

I'll tell you a [STRIKE]key[/STRIKE] secret to improve your speech.

Gerund:

Improving your speaking abilities will require that I tell you a key secret.
 

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hi,
I'm lost :shock:
 
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