Listen to a project managment meeting to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Advanced: C1

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Hello!
In the sentence: "I'm not sure if it's fair to ask Barbara to be supporting Matteo in his..."
Can we say: "I'm not sure if it's fair to ask Barbara to support Matteo in his..."?
Is there a significant difference between the two forms?
Thanks
Miguel

Hello Miguel
Yes, you could certainly say that and it wouldn't really change the meaning. 'support' is a 'normal' infinitive and 'be supporting' is a continuous infinitive, i.e. an infinitive in continuous aspect. You can read a bit more about this on https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar/continuous-aspect . In this case, I'd say the meaning intended is the third one, since the idea is that Barbara would be helping Matteo for a period of time.
The 'normal' infinitive expresses the same thing here due to context, but the continuous form just provides a little more emphasis in this case.
All the best
Kirk
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