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Infinitive Phrase or Gerund Phrase

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Infinitive Phrase or Gerund Phrase  [#permalink]

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10 Dec 2017, 08:06
I am confused between the usage of the gerund phrase and the infinitive phrase.

1. To finish her shift without spilling another pizza into customer's lap is the Kate's only goal tonight.
1. Finishing her shift without spilling another pizza into customer's lap is the Kate's only goal tonight.

Which one is correct and why?

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Re: Infinitive Phrase or Gerund Phrase  [#permalink]

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14 Dec 2017, 19:58
Infinitives can be used as subjects of verbs, but in general you should postpone an infinitive subject using a Placeholder It.
Awkward: To run is fun.
Ok: It is fun to run.

Gerunds are -ing forms used as nouns. -ing forms are much more noun-like than infinitives.
Running is fun. (running is subject of is)

So, Finishing her shift without spilling another pizza into customer's lap can be used as subject of the sentence
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Re: Infinitive Phrase or Gerund Phrase   [#permalink] 14 Dec 2017, 19:58
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