Unit 31. Gerunds after Prepositions.

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    Post by nuhru_1098 on Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:08 pm

    Gerunds after Prepositions

    This is a good rule. It has no exceptions!

    If we want to use a verb after a preposition, it must be a gerund. It is impossible to use an infinitive after a preposition. So for example, we say:

    * I will call you after arriving at the office.
    * Please have a drink before leaving.
    * I am looking forward to meeting you.
    * Do you object to working late?
    * Tara always dreams about going on holiday.

    Notice that you could replace all the above gerunds with "real" nouns:

    * I will call you after my arrival at the office.
    * Please have a drink before your departure.
    * I am looking forward to our lunch.
    * Do you object to this job?
    * Tara always dreams about holidays.

    The above rule has no exceptions! So why is "to" followed by "driving" in 1 and by "drive" in 2?

    1. I am used to driving on the left.
    2. I used to drive on the left.


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    Post Re: Unit 31. Gerunds after Prepositions.

    Post by markitus_11 on Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:50 pm

    Good work, very well


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