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Re: Begin to do or begin doing? [#permalink]
26 Nov 2009, 21:33
Can somebody explain to me the differences. Thanks
Start doing or start to do (different tenses) Begin doing or begin to do (different tenses)
No difference. Certain kinds of verbs can take both the Gerund (doing) or the Infinitive (to do). It doesn't matter.
Ex. He likes to swim (Infinitive)
He likes swimming (Gerund)
IMO: You are totally wrong, and you just gave an exemple to prove why I say that.
"like to swim" means temporary desire to swim while "like swimming" means a hobby ...
You are talking about semantics - meaning what the sentence signifies. Grammatically speaking they both are correct - and I still stand by my conviction that both forms can be used - depending on the intended meaning. Choose the right option depending on the intended meaning.