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Hello,

1. To chop vegetables is a boring chore.

2.. Chopping vegetables is a boring chore.

Which one is correct and why?
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Both are correct. The first formula tends to be used for lofty thoughts; the second, for ordinary ones.
I don't think chopping vegetables expresses a particularly lofty thought, so I would use the second in this case. Emotion: smile

CJ
I think both are correct.
To chop vegetables and Chopping vegetables are a noun pharse.
They are a subject in both sentences.
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As California Jim said, to + infinitive can be used for lofty thoughts. However, that presupposes that what you have to say is a lofty thought. I would have thought that the act of chopping vegetables does not normally fall into this category and therefore V-ing would be more appropiate indeed to+infinitive might even appear pompose.

Unless of course you are discussing the Zen of vegetable chopping or some such matter.Emotion: smile

You can use to+infinitive without appearing profound or pompose in answer to "Why did...?" questions.
These are often used for jokes, for example.

Q. Why did the one-armed man cross the road?

A. To go to the second hand shop.
As another thought, to + infinitive is also often used in poetry. I assume the attraction there is that it sounds different to everyday speech, where we would usually use - ing. Plus it makes the poem sound more lofty and profound of course!
Hello Sir,

I am very grateful for your reply , but I am not able to understand the meaning of "lofty thougts".

Could you please explain it with some examples?
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Take lofty to mean weighty, important, serious, or philosophical.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

To be or not to be; that is the question.


(We are speaking of the use of an infinitive as the subject of a sentence.)

CJ
EndiAs California Jim said, to + infinitive can be used for lofty thoughts. However, that presupposes that what you have to say is a lofty thought. I would have thought that the act of chopping vegetables does not normally fall into this category and therefore V-ing would be more appropiate indeed to+infinitive might even appear pompose.

Unless of course you are discussing the Zen of vegetable chopping or some such matter.Emotion: smile

You can use to+infinitive without appearing profound or pompose in answer to "Why did...?" questions.
These are often used for jokes, for example.

Q. Why did the one-armed man cross the road?

A. To go to the second hand shop.
Yes, but in this case, "to go to" denotes purpose. It cannot be compared to a gerund...
Hi, pieanne,

You wrote: ...in this case, "to go to" denotes purpose". Does that mean that when we are talking about purposes we have to use to-infinitive, not a gerund? Please, read my thread "Infinitive vs Present Participle".

Eladio
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