what's the difference ?

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billy

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what's the difference between the two below?

1.It gets old talking to the same people on the computer all the time.
2.It gets old to talk to the same people on the computer all the time.

3. we start to talk .
4. we start talking .

5. Would you mind if I invite a friend ?
6. Would you mind if I invited a friend ?


thanks in advance!
 

Casiopea

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1.It gets old talking to the same people on the computer all the time. ==> Actualized event.
1a. Talking gets old. (the event 'talking' is actualized; it's a real event)

2.It gets old to talk to the same people on the computer all the time. ==> Ungrammatical.

3. we start to talk .
==> We started to talk. (Inceptive; about to; the event is not actualized in the sense that it's incomplete i.e., we started to talk but we had to stop because we were interrupted.)

4. we start talking .
==> We started talking. (Inceptive; about to; the event is actualized in the sense that 'started talking' expresses an intent to continue talking.)

5. Would you mind if I invite a friend?
==> Would is used as a polite request. (Compare, Do you mind if I invite...? Will you mind if I invite...?)

6. Would you mind if I invited a friend?
==> Would is used as a conditional.

All the best, :D
 

billy

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I really appreciate your help!

Thank you so much for your time and the explanation .I believe that I've learned from you a lot . :D
 
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