To infinitive or Gerund as subject

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To infinitive or Gerund as subject

Post by miyuminz » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:26 am

Which should you choose to write (a) or (b)

(a) To become a JOCV volunteer would be one of the greatest challenges of my life.
(b) Becoming a JOCV volunteer would be one of the greatest challenges of my life.

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Re: To infinitive or Gerund as subject

Post by Alan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:50 am

A good question!

In fact, both are possible but in general, for something theoretical/imaginary, we tend to prefer the infinitive, and so (a) would be preferable.

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Becoming a JOCV volunteer WAS one of the greatest challenges of my life.

with regard to something actually accomplished.

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