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hi!

Here is the sentence:

This point also means giving children the opportunity to say more in a court.

At first i didn't know whether to write to give or giving. Giving was the correct one. My problem is that i never know if i have to write, like in this sentence, to.. or ..ing. They both sound correct to me. Can you please explain it to me when to use what.
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The use of the word puts the sentence into a gerundive format, to my ear, whereas
if you were to say, "This point also to give children the opportunity..." then the choices are more unique, "ing" or "to" gerundive or infinitive
Oh it's the gerundive again ***. I just got recently a gerundive mistake and until that time i didn't even know what gerundive was in english or I just forgot.. Looks like i don't have a choice but to learn which words need gerundive ***..

thanks for your help Emotion: smile
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Listening to lectures on tape or cd would be a great way to learn which words tend to
work in which cases... I hate to endorse piracy, but there are many self-help
lectures on file in p2p file-sharing networks, which couldn't be put to better use (lol)
ok, thanks for the information.. you helped me a lot today ^^
Google 'catenatives'.

See http://www.geocities.com/endipatterson/Catenative.html
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thx calif, the site is very helpfulEmotion: smile

Have another question.. I found an example where it says - I forgot doing my homework. I would have written I forgot to do my homework. There are words where I automatically would write -ing without even knowing it's a gerund but this sentence really puzzled me. I don't doubt that the sentence is wrong but can't you also say to do my homework instead of doing my homework?
There just may be varieties of English in which "I forgot doing" is possible, but not in the variety that I speak. I, too, would say "forgot to do".

Nevertheless, when "forget" means something like "abandon all hope of", it takes the -ing form. It is nearly required for it to take "can" or "may as well" in this context:

You've got too many other things to do tonight, so you can forget doing your homework. There won't be time.

Our parakeet escaped from his cage and out the door. We may as well forget ever seeing him again. He's miles away by now.

With the imperative it means something like "Don't bother", "Don't even consider":

Forget cooking dinner! We're going out tonight!
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(The word "about" may be inserted after "forget" in these sentences.)

CJ
ah ok, thx againEmotion: smile
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