LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||17/MAI/2003 6:07 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: Looking foward to ...ing?|
It is certainly the case that the particular verb in question is followed by an ING form.
However sometimes "to" is a preposition and others a particle.
I have to go
I used to study hard
Perhaps someone with a good grammar text (quirk greenbaum) can spell out the (prep/particle) diff for us.
Some people refer to latin grammar structures such as infinitives present participles and gerunds.
Although it is lovely to elevate the bastard Bnglish tongue to such dizzy heights of cultural esteem these structures do not in fact apply in English - we have a base form (go) and an ING form (going) - these forms approximate the above mentioned latinate categories.
PS (referring to an earlier matter) there is only a proximate form (and no remote form) of "must" because the meaning of this modal auxiliary (imposing a direct order or reaching a direct conclusion) has no remote equivalent - the meaning of the modal auxiliary itself is the key - this sits perfectly within the ancient two-tense structure.
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