Infinitive vs. Gerund after adjectives

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Infinitive vs. Gerund after adjectives

Post by Rustamsher » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:43 am

Hi Mr Alan!

(a) It was really nice seeing you again after almost two years.
(b) It was really nice to see you again after almost two years.

I have two questions:

1) Can we consider (more or less) (a) more informal and (b) more formal?
2) Is there any significant difference in meaning?

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Rustamsher

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Re: Infinitive vs. Gerund after adjectives

Post by Alan » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:17 am

Both are acceptable, but (a) is slightly less formal.

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