[Grammar] Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds

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Which one is correct?


Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.

Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives to drive at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.

In the following link, we have "Risk life to do something".

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/risk-your-life-neck

In the link below, we have both "risk life to do" and "risk life doing".

http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/risk
 

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Only the first sentence makes sense in this context.
 

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Thanks Ratmott.

It is really difficult to distinguish which verb form (-ing or to-infinitive) is better, when we have both forms in the following situations:


  • He risked his life helping others to escape.
  • I’m not going to risk my neck (=risk my life) just to save a common criminal.
  • Why risk life and limb (=risk your life and health) jumping out of a plane justto raise money for charity?
  • The officer risked his life to save the drowning man.
 

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Thanks, Piscean.
It was an exhaustive explanation.:up: I understant it completely. Now, I can make lots of sentences as well as understand this structure. I really appreciate it.
 

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No. It was typo. :roll: I wanted to use present tense. Thank you, Teechar. It is really kind of you make a correction.
 
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I think an article is missing before 'typo'.
 

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No. It was a typo.
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I wanted to use the present tense. Thank you, Teechar. It is really kind of you to make the correction.
Thanks Matthew.
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Which one is correct?


Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives driving at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.

Another strange group of people are the Hashiriya, Tokyo's street racers who risk their lives to drive at ridiculous speeds along the city streets.
To me:

The first one implies that the activity of driving at ridiculous speeds is risky.

The second one implies that the drivers risk their lives beforehand in order to have the opportunity to drive this way.
 
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