LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||19/FEV/2013 10:53 PM|
|Assunto:||"I like swimming." E o gerúndio.|
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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.
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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