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denniszzzzz
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:41:18 PM
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(1)It is better to be an actor than to be a playwright.

(2)It is better to be an actor than a playwright.

(3)It is better to being an actor than being a playwright.

(4)It is better being an actor than a playwright.

In (2), I take out the 2nd "to be". In both (3) and (4), I change "to be" to "being".

My sentences seem grammatically okay. I am not exactly sure about that. Because I am not a native English speaker, I cannot tell whether they sound natural to native speakers.

Please help. Thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:32:19 PM

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denniszzzzz wrote:
(1)It is better to be an actor than to be a playwright.
Ok.

(2)It is better to be an actor than a playwright.
Ok.

(3)It is better to being an actor than being a playwright.
No. "better to being" is not correct.

(4)It is better being an actor than a playwright.
Ok.

In (2), I take out the 2nd "to be". In both (3) and (4), I change "to be" to "being".

My sentences seem grammatically okay. I am not exactly sure about that. Because I am not a native English speaker, I cannot tell whether they sound natural to native speakers.

Please help. Thanks.
denniszzzzz
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:56:40 PM
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In (3), the 'to' after 'better' is a typo.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:36:23 AM
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In which case, all your sentences are correct. (Though I don't agree with your premise: being a playwright means no-one shouts at you or tells you you aren't doing things THEIR way!!)
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