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Autor:  michael robertson
E-mail:  getget@australia.edu
Data:  17/MAI/2003 6:07 PM
Assunto:  Re: Looking foward to ...ing?
 
Mensagem:  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.

Hence

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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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Looking foward to ...ing?  –  Jorge Santos  15/MAI/2003, 3:05 PM
Re: Looking foward to ...ing?  –  Andréa  15/MAI/2003, 6:15 PM
 Re: Looking foward to ...ing?  –  michael robertson  17/MAI/2003, 6:07 PM
Re: Looking foward to ...ing?  –  pat  18/MAI/2003, 7:56 PM
Re: Looking foward to ...ing?  –  michael robertson  19/MAI/2003, 1:19 AM
Re: Looking foward to ...ing?  –  pat  19/MAI/2003, 7:53 AM
Re: Looking foward to ...ing?  –  orlando  15/MAI/2003, 6:49 PM

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