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denniszzzzz
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:30:58 PM
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(1a) I like to study.

(1b) I like studying.

(2a) I like to study more than to work.

(2b) I like studying more than working.

(2c) I like to study more than I like to work.


I have asked at least 10 people about whether these sentences are correct. 50% say that they are correct and the other 50% say that they are wrong.

I do not see anything wrong with these sentences. Do you see any mistakes? Thanks.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:43:25 PM

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They all seem fine to me but I'm no expert. 2a sounds a little odd to this native ear, but I can't say that it's incorrect. I'm sure the others will be more helpful.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:05:14 PM

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I think they are all fine.

2C is a slightly more formal version of 2A, but nothing wrong with either of them.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:44:00 PM

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They all sound fine to me. In the future, I wouldn't ask the opinion of the 50% who told you they were wrong.
moniquester
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:23:45 PM

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Each and every one of your sentences is grammatically sound. Go ahead, denniszzzzz, and use them as they are!
Swami108
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 1:36:47 AM

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All correct!
Writer Forum
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 8:34:56 AM

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How about, "I like studying over working".
Marva
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 9:49:50 AM

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This one... "(2a) I like to study more than to work."
is a clumsy wording, and most likely won't be heard, regardless of its "correctness". (AmE)
Romany
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 11:49:53 AM
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Damn! Once again a disappearing post!

I also pointed out that 2a) wasn't genuine English. It's better expressed "I like to study more than I like to work."
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