English Grammar


INFINITIF ET GERONDIF

Dans une leçon de conjugaison sur l'infinitf et le gérondif, on apprend que les verbes LOVE, HATE... s'utilisent avec les 2 formes selon le sens de la phrase:
INFINIF: pour exprimer une action précise.
GERONFIF (ING): pour exprimer un goût permanent


Or, dans le texte "4:20 PM - Polly and Harold continue the tour of the Delavigne offices", on lit la phrase
"Kevin loves to travel".
C'est un goût permanent.
Pourquoi ne pas écrire "Kevin loves travellING" ??


Merci de m'éclairer sur ce point flou.

5 comments

  • PLEASE, help
  • This is just what a learner thinks about the issue. It's not an authority's opinion.


    The infinitive you mention is not only used to express a precise event but also a habit.
    The most common way of saying is "Kevin loves to travel."


    But when you say "Kevin loves travelling", I understand a subtle difference in meaning. You don't mean that Kevin loves to travel in general but that Kevin is very fond of living the mood that's his when his is travelling. That's not the travel itself that he loves but the way he feels when travelling.


    What's on your mind?
  • Ok
    I understand.
    As you said, it's very subtil...!
  • AS I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE US (MIAMI) AS A AIRBUS FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER FOR YEARS
    I WOULD RATHER STICK TO THE WAY COMMON PEOPLE SPEAK OUT IN THE STREET
    I WOULD SUGGEST USING THE GERONDIF FORM
    " KEVIN LOVES TRAVELLING"
    BERNARD BONNEFOY
  • Iaggree with those who found " keving loves to travel" because they mean by that Kevin travels hiself that's his habit.


    Mamadou Manfra

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