LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/OUT/2005 10:19 AM|
To sleep is the best way to relax.
Sleeping is the best way to relax.
O que você pode me dizer sobre elas?
Eduarda, the correct sentence is "Sleeping is the best way to relax.". It can be translated as "Dormir é a melhor maneira de relaxar."
The gerund in English is often used in general statements as an uncountable noun (as shown in your sentence), and often as the subject of the verb "be" (which is also the case).
One other thing that I can add is that in English, we rarely begin statements with the to-infinitive but often with -ing, particular when we are making general statements.
Finding work is difficult these days.
Wind-surfing is very popular here.
Not being able to drive is quite a handicap if you live in the countryside.
Dancing is great fun.
Not being punctual makes him unreliable. (this time using another verb other than be)
Note that I used words such as often and rarely. I learned that when explaining something I should never use "never" or "always" for language ( in this case English) is in flux, and so is its grammar.
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