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D00M
Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017 5:30:07 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

I just couldn't go back to living in a small town.
I just couldn't go back to live in a small town.

Are both correct?

I am looking forward to your answers.
Audiendus
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:50:59 AM
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D00M wrote:
I just couldn't go back to living in a small town.
I just couldn't go back to live in a small town.

Are both correct?


Yes, but they have slightly different meanings.

The first one means "I just couldn't go back to the [general] state/situation of living in a small town".

The second one means "I just couldn't go back [to somewhere specific] and live in a small town". E.g: "I just couldn't go back to rural America to live in a small town".
D00M
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:04:10 AM

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You are a great teacher. Thanks very much.

I am looking forward to your answers.
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