“We both enjoy to ski.”

2013-08-26Why wrong:  Gerunds, noun-verb hybrids ending in -ing refer to activities, such as shopping, driving or running.  If you see a sign that says “No smoking” it means that the activity is forbidden there. A second verb following verbs like avoid, enjoy, finish, keep and mind takes the gerund form (it ends with -ing), not the infinitive (to ….) like in French.  For more information, click here.

Correct it: “We both enjoy skiing.”2014 Future Projection Target Shows Forward Planning

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“Before to leave, lock the door.”

2013-07-28Why wrong:  Gerunds, noun-verb hybrids ending in -ing refer to activities, such as shopping, driving or running.  If you see a sign that says “No smoking” it means that the activity is forbidden there. Verbs used after prepositions take the gerund form (they end with -ing), not the infinitive (to ….) like in French.  For more information, click here.

Correct it: “Before leaving, lock the door.”Face Fears

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“I had a training this morning.“

TrainingWhy wrong:  Gerunds, noun-verb hybrids ending in -ing are usually non-count or mass nouns.  They refer to activities, such as shopping, driving or running.  If you see a sign that says “No smoking” it means that the activity is forbidden there. 

Mass nouns can’t be plural or take an indefinite article (a or an means one, which is a number). Sometimes, the same spelling can be used for a noun and a gerund (e.g.  a building, a feeling or a meeting). For more information, click here.

Correct it: With gerunds, don’t use indefinite articles (a training) or try to make them plural (trainings). If you mean something short, say “I had some training or a training session this morning.”  Before session, here training is used as an adjective.  You had a session with that activity.

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“I couldn’t find a parking anywhere.”

Hat and Coat (Small)Why wrong:  Gerunds, noun-verb hybrids ending in -ing are usually non-count or mass nouns.  They refer to activities, such as swimming, smoking or camping.  If you see a sign that says “No parking” it means that the activity is forbidden there. 

Mass nouns can’t be plural or take an indefinite article (a or an means one, which is a number). Sometimes, the same spelling can be used for a noun and a gerund (e.g.  an opening, a beginning or an ending). For more information, click here.Biz Group (Small)

Correct it: With gerunds, don’t use indefinite articles (a parking) or try to make them plural (parkings). If you mean only one spot, say “I couldn’t find a parking space.”  If you mean the entire area where many cars are parked, call it a parking lot.  They are spaces and lots.  Parking is what people do there.

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