+0
Hello,

Why the first sentenceis correct and the second is not:

1. Fearing to go herself, she sent her daughter to find the news.

2. Fearing to going herself, she sent her daughter to find the news.

Also why the first sentenceis correct and the second is not:

1. She wouldn't say anything to the Press because she feared being misreported.

2. She wouldn't say anything to the Press because she feared to be misreported.

Are there rules for using the verb+ing or verb+to or one must learn them by heart?

Thanks in advance
+0
A part of the answer, in this case might be that
- when you use the -ing form, it's a kind of characterisc with this person: she always fears that.
- when you use the to + infinitive form, it means : in this instance.
+0
Hello Alex

fear doing = be afraid of doing =feel the doing might happen.
fear to do = hesitate to do from the fear of bad results.

1. Fearing to go herself, she sent her daughter to find the news.
=As she feared to go herself, she sent her daughter to find the news.
2. Fearing to going herself, she sent her daughter to find the news.
=As she feared to going herself, she sent her daughter to find the news.
The second not only makes no sense but also it is ungrammatical (the to is redundant)

1. She wouldn't say anything to the Press because she feared being misreported.
= She wouldn't say anything to the Press because she was afraid of being misreported.
2. She wouldn't say anything to the Press because she feared to be misreported.
= She wouldn't say anything to the Press because she hesitated to be misreported.
"Someone hesitated to be misreported" is a nonsense phrase.

paco
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Comments  
Thanks a lot

Alex
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.