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Hi teachers,
Could you correct these sentences please?
a) I think to ski is boring. Should it be, 'I think skiing is boring'.
b) My daughter has her hair like mine.
c) I don't have any hair on my head.
d) Susan's arm hurts.
e) It's (much) better to speak than to kill.
f) I do homework like a good student.
g) In this place of the garden smells very good.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

Could you correct these sentences please?
a) I think to sky is boring. The structure needs a gerund (skying) but there is no verb ''sky'. Do you mean 'ski'?
b) My daughter has her hair like mine.
c) I don't have any hair ( on my head. )
d) Susan's arm hurts.
e) It's (much) better to speak than to kill.
f) I do homework like a good student.
g) In this place of the garden smells very good. No 'of'.

Clive
Hi Clive,
Thank you for your reply. Yes, I meant 'ski'. I was correcting 'ski' when you were too. It should be 'skiing'.
After 'think', should I always use a 'gerund'?
Sorry, I forgot this one. Could you correct it too?
h) He often gets to the gym with his sister.

TS

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Hi,

Yes, I meant 'ski'. I was correcting 'ski' when you were too. It should be 'skiing'.
After 'think', should I always use a 'gerund'? In a sentence like that, yes.
Sorry, I forgot this one. Could you correct it too?
h) He often gets to the gym with his sister.
'Gets' is not wrong, but I think you mean 'goes'.

Clive
CliveAfter 'think', should I always use a 'gerund'? In a sentence like that, yes.
Hi Clive,
Thank you for your reply.
I think skiing is boring. Then it is not always possible to use 'a gerund' after the verb 'think', but if I say 'I think ...' it should be + a gerund, isn't it?

h) He often gets to the gym with his sister. 'Gets' is not wrong, but I think you mean 'goes'. The student wrote it with 'gets at'. I just changed 'at' for 'to'.

TS
Hi,

I get to the gym
Suggests I have some difficulty in arriving.
eg The traffic was bad. I got to the gym at 6 pm.

Clive
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Clive I get to the gym Suggests I have some difficulty in arriving. eg The traffic was bad. I got to the gym at 6 pm.
Hi Clive,
Really? I didn' know about it. I've always thought that 'get' and 'go' were interchangeable.
But 'get to' and 'arrive at/in' are interchangeable, aren't they?

TS
Hi,

But 'get to' and 'arrive at/in' are interchangeable, aren't they?
Sometimes. But to my ear 'get to' is often used with a nuance pf difficulty.
Consider this example from a Learner's Dictionary. Note that there is a suggestion of some sort of difficulty encountered.

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/get

get to [phrasal verb]



3 get to (somewhere) : to go to or reach (somewhere)
We got to the station/airport just in time.

Clive
Hi Clive,
Thank you very much for all your replies and examples. That online dictionary is really good. I'll be using it a lot.

TS
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