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Rob e Stephen gostam de conversar sobre gramática. Assista-os discutir sobre os verbos seguidos por gerunds (v-ing) e infinitives (to + verbo). Eles também conversam sobre too e very.

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Nivel de idioma

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hello. Could you please help me? Can I say "would rather do....rather than go....? for example which one is correct or both are?
1- I'd rather take a taxi than wait for the bus.
2- I'd rather take a taxi rather than wait for the bus.
Thank you.

Hi Ahmed Imam,

Only sentence 1 is correct. But, sentence 2 is correct if you delete the first ratherI'd take a taxi rather than wait for the bus. The meaning is the same as sentence 1.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Ahmed Imam,

This one is correct (although in my opinion, it sounds unusual because of the repeated rather).

The comma is important here. It shows that the first would rather structure is a complete idea: My mother would rather we caught the bus. In other words, than (in the next part of the sentence) is not connected to the first would rather. It's connected to the second rather.

In your sentence 1, there's no comma, so than later in the sentence would be understood as connected to I'd rather: I'd rather take a taxi rather than wait for the bus. That's why the second rather doesn't work here: it interrupts the I'd rather A than B structure. You could add a comma here too, like the sentence you quoted, to separate the two rather structures (but again, repeating rather sounds a bit unusual for me).

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Could you please explain how to use "put on" and "wear" in different tenses? I have been looking for a section called "semantic" on your site but in vain.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

I'm not quite sure what you mean. The use of tenses with these verbs is the same as with any other verbs; there is nothing special about these particular examples.

 

The difference between them is that put on describes the act of gettting dressed in a particular item of clothing, while wear is the state of having an item of clothing on oneself. In the morning I put on my clothes, and then I wear them for the rest of the day. The reverse of put on is take off, but the only opposite of wear is not wear.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again. Can I say "Wait a minute! I'm just wearing on my coat."
Thank you.

Hello again Ahmed Imam,

No, that's not correct. You can say 'putting on my coat' or 'putting my coat on'. Once you have done this, you are wearing it (no 'on' needed).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
I have a doubt regarding the use of Gerund and To infinitive

I have two sentences
1) They enjoyed nothing but to read the books.
2) They want nothing but reading the books.
Is there any difference between these two sentences?
Sir, please clarify that.

Hello Kapil Kabir

I'm afraid neither of those sentences is grammatically correct in standard British English. As you can see on our explanation on this page, 'enjoy' is following by a gerund, and here you can find a list of verbs that are followed by an infinitive ('want' is one of them).

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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