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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 9:38:15 PM
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Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to share/sharing the teaching of XYZ religion.

Which is the correct word?

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palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:14:31 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to share/sharing the teaching of XYZ religion.

Which is the correct word?

Thanks.


Both are grammatically correct. I think "sharing" most accurately describes the ongoing effort intended by the speaker.

Ravindra
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.......... to share/in sharing ...........teachings of .....
Drag0nspeaker
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I think these two would be correct too - the meaning is a little different (though the effect in the real universe is very much the same).

"The teaching" is a gerund - the action of teaching.
"The teachings" is a verbal noun - the things which are taught.

Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to share the teaching of XYZ religion. - Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion with the aim "to, all of us, take part in having others know all about XYZ religion". (The end result is the other fully knowing all about the religion.)
Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to sharing the teaching of XYZ religion. - Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to the action of sharing (between ourselves the teaching of XYZ religion. (The end result is we all work at teaching others about the religion.)
Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to share the teachings of XYZ religion. - Let’s (each of us individually) exert our utmost energy and devotion to telling others the things taught by XYZ religion. The end result is the other people knowing the teachings.
Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to sharing the teachings of XYZ religion. - Let’s exert our utmost energy and devotion to telling others about the teachings of XYZ religion. The end result is that they are actively learning about the teachings.

As you can see, not a LOT of difference, but some are aimed at "people learning about XYZ" (they are 'in-progress' learning) and some are more forward-looking with the aim of people having completed the learning.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:26:53 PM
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Thanks, palapaguy.
Thanks, DragOnspeaker, for the detailed reply.
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