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Hello everyone,

Are the following sentences correct?

1. He likes to start walking at 8:00.

2. He likes starting walking at 8:00.

3. He likes to swim in June.

I think all are correct, but in #2, there are two gerunds. I think it is difficult to say two gerunds successively, but it's still correct. Is that right?

Regards,

Joseph

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Joseph AI think it is difficult to say two gerunds successively, but it's still correct. Is that right?

No. For some reason yet to be explained, very often two "-ing" verbs in a row just sounds non-English, and this is one of those times.

anonymousNo. For some reason yet to be explained, very often two "-ing" verbs in a row just sounds non-English, and this is one of those times.

Thanks a lot, anonymous.

Are the others correct?

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I think #1 & #3 are correct. You could also say:

  • He likes walking at 8:00.
  • He likes starting to walk at 8:00.
  • He likes swimming in June.

#2 doesn't sound good. Don't use it.

Moonrise

I think #1 & #3 are correct. You could also say:

  • He likes walking at 8:00.
  • He likes starting to walk at 8:00.
  • He likes swimming in June.

#2 doesn't sound good. Don't use it.

Thanks a lot, Moonrise.

I think Yours are wrong because "walking" is an action verb and "8:00" is a time-point adverbial, so I think your examples don't work.

Best wishes,

Joseph

Joseph AThanks a lot, anonymous.Are the others correct?

Yes.

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  • He likes walking at 8:00. (not very natural).
  • He likes starting to walk at 8:00. Emotion: no Emotion: no Emotion: no e.g. Babies start to walk when they are around 9 months old.
  • He likes swimming in June. Emotion: no In June, he likes to swim.
anonymousYes.
Thanks a lot, anonymous.
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  • He likes walking at 8:00. (not very natural).
  • He likes starting to walk at 8:00. e.g. Babies start to walk when they are around 9 months old.
  • He likes swimming in June. In June, he likes to swim.

Are they unnatural because of stating the time?

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