Gerunds and infinitives

by Abber
(KSA)

Please, could you answer this and why this the good answer?

- we don't expect (there to be, there being) any problem with your visa application.

- we have no hope of (there being / there to be) another train tonight. Ti's too late.

thanks

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Sep 14, 2013
Gerunds and Infinitives
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

Your question is really about when to use a gerund or infinitive

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- we don't expect (there to be, there being) any problem with your visa application.

In the first one you should say:

- we don't expect THERE TO BE any problem with your visa application.

Certain verbs when followed by another verb, take the infinitive. 'Expect' is one of these so when followed by another verb, the infinitive is used for the second verb. Another example:

"I expect TO FIND many people there".
"I expect him to arrive late".

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- we have no hope of (there being / there to be) another train tonight. Ti's too late.

This should be:

- we have no hope of THERE BEING another train tonight. It's too late.

If we have a 'verb + preposition' (hope of) and it is followed by another verb (be), then the gerund (or present participle) is used.

"I passed (the exam) BY STUDYING very hard".
"He is interested IN TAKING English classes".

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There are quite a few rules around gerunds and infinitives so you should look into them a bit further.

Sep 14, 2013
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by: Anonymous

thanks very much ;)

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