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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 3:23:41 AM
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"I continue to ignore tense." Vs I continue ignoring tense.
Are they both grammatically correct? What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? Are there any tricks or tips regarding when to use an infinitve and when to use a gerund when both are possible?
FounDit
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 3:12:47 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
"I continue to ignore tense." Vs I continue ignoring tense.
Are they both grammatically correct?
Only the first one sounds correct. The use of the infinitive "to" indicates that this is your habit whenever you encounter tense. It is actively doing that.

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? Are there any tricks or tips regarding when to use an infinitve and when to use a gerund when both are possible?
The second one just sounds completely wrong. A gerund after an active verb doesn't fit.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 5:10:19 PM
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Thanks! Could you please elaborate on "A gerund after an active verb doesn't fit."?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 11:24:57 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks! Could you please elaborate on "A gerund after an active verb doesn't fit."?


As you know, a gerund is a verb used as a noun, so it isn't an active verb. So to put a noun (a person, place, or thing) after an active verb doesn't make sense to us.

As an example:
Thinking, I walked along. This conveys the idea of actively thinking while I walked.

I walked thinking along. This conveys the idea of walking my thinking as if I were walking a dog. It just doesn't work, unless you named your dog "thinking"...Whistle

Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:52 PM
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Thank you
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