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Joe Kim
Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:50:49 PM

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Two ways to have good hygiene:
1. Wash hands.
2. Washing hands.

When mentioning several ways for good hygiene, which form would be used - basic or ing form?
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:54:14 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
Two ways to have good hygiene:
1. Wash hands.
2. Washing hands.

When mentioning several ways for good hygiene, which form would be used - basic or ing form?


Present progressive should be used. To have good hygiene (implies an ongoing condition) requires continuing activity (washing hands).

"Wash hands" is a single event and not appropriate in the given context.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 7:18:46 PM

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I agree that "wash hands" does not sound right.

There are other ways to form the list. As palapaguy says, you need to show 'continuous or progressive' action.

Two ways to have good hygiene:
1. Washing your hands.
2. Brushing your teeth.

Two ways to have good hygiene:
1. Always wash your hands.
2. Always brush your teeth.

Two ways to have good hygiene are:
1. To wash your hands.
2. To brush your teeth.


The "always" uses the adverb to show 'continuous or repeated' action (so you don't have to have the progressive).

The infinitive is non-tensed - it covers past, present and future nicely.


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palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:55:50 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
I agree that "wash hands" does not sound right.
There are other ways to form the list. As palapaguy says, you need to show 'continuous or progressive' action.

Good explanation, Dragon! Applause
Joe Kim
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 6:34:46 PM

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Thank you for your help.
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