Re: Translation Exercise (Adult Content)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 21, 2003, 12:45|
David Peterson scripsit:
> << >> Some wives have hired us to follow their husbands around
> >> and catch them in the act of infidelity. Rather than to
> >> confront them directly we have been given permission to
> >> post the footage on this site for the world to see.>>
> Just to verify, the second sentence *is* ungrammatical, right? "Rather
> than *to* confront..."? Should be "Rather than confront...", right?
That's the way I read it: "than" can be followed by naked infinitive
"confront" or gerund "confronting", but not decorated infinitive "to
confront". But there are sentences where "to" seems mandatory:
the proverb "It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive", e.g.
where the gerund form is "Travelling hopefully is better than arriving".
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