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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  19/FEV/2013 10:53 PM
Assunto:  "I like swimming." E o gerúndio.
 
Mensagem:    May I join?
 
  Certain constructions with ING are not gerund in the sense of Portuguese (...ando, indo, endo).
   Case in point "Swimming is my hobby." (Natação é meu hobby/diversão/passatempo)
   So, in this case after "swimming" comes a verb, this indicates that "swimming" is the subject of the sentence.    
   An ING word, followed by a verb, usually indicates that the ING word is a subject (so in this case "Swiming" would turn into "natação".

  Like Dale pointed out, I would understand "I like swimming" eu gosto de nadar/natação.     That is, if I  "gosto de natação" it follows that "eu gosto de nadar" and vice-versa.

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    On the other hand, it doesn´t always work this way.    With others words like "killing" and others, the preposition TO would make a sea change of difference to context.      Again, like Dale pointed out.
   
    That´s my two cents worth, just for the sake of participation, indeed not a rule written in stone.


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"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  Frederico  19/FEV/2013, 1:40 AM
"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  Frederico  19/FEV/2013, 5:03 AM
"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  Fran  19/FEV/2013, 3:03 PM
"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  Dale-USA  19/FEV/2013, 5:07 PM
"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  Dale-USA  19/FEV/2013, 6:04 PM
 "I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  PPAULO  19/FEV/2013, 10:53 PM
"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.  –  CRS  20/FEV/2013, 4:16 PM
I look forward...  –  PPAULO  20/FEV/2013, 8:38 PM
I look forward...  –  CRS  21/FEV/2013, 10:43 PM
I look forward...  –  PPAULO  21/FEV/2013, 11:35 PM
I look forward...  –  PPAULO  22/FEV/2013, 1:22 AM

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