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Autor:  Márcio Farias
E-mail:  marcio_osorio@oi.com.br
Data:  01/JUL/2008 11:04 PM
Assunto:  Who'd object to using it over the other form?
 
Mensagem:  Some (non)native English speakers do prefer using it with an infinitive form to using it with an -ing form. Some won't object to using it with both forms.

British Michael Swan[1], nevertheless, claims that phrasal structures such as object to, be used to, prefer (doing one thing to doing another), get around to can only take an -ing form. Some of these structures also take a noun form.

The zealous forum users will get around to the ironing sooner or later or ... to doing the ironing... no matter how much they shirk work.

No more do the industrious EMB forum users prefer the seaside to the mountains than do the guys at the other forum or ... prefer swimming to trekking.

The guys at the other forum all look forward to (spending) a nice weekend in the countryside.

I advocate the -ing form.

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[1] Author of Practical English Usage, ISBN # 0-19-442098-1.



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ainda o look forward to...  –  Tiago Garros  30/JUN/2008, 3:24 PM
ainda o look forward to...  –  renan  30/JUN/2008, 5:58 PM
ainda o look forward to...  –  Dale/CR  30/JUN/2008, 9:10 PM
Looking forward to looking good  –  Márcio Farias  01/JUL/2008, 12:05 AM
Looking forward to looking good  –  Crespus2006 =)  01/JUL/2008, 8:29 PM
 Who'd object to using it over the other form?  –  Márcio Farias  01/JUL/2008, 11:04 PM

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