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Are gerunds or infinitives prefered in this context?

asked 2016-10-19 07:41:24 -0400

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updated 2016-10-19 23:22:48 -0400

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Hello Please look at the following sentence

"In Japan, pointing with the index finger is not polite. Japanese prefer to point with the palm open and facing up."

Well, to tell you the truth, I think in the above sentence "to point" should be replace with "pointing" because as you know, To + verb shows a potential future event but verb+ing shows an actual experienced event.

So, it should be ""In Japan, pointing with the index finger is not polite. Japanese prefer pointing with the palm open and facing up."

Do you agree? Thank you

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answered 2016-10-19 23:23:53 -0400

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I don't think it matters personally. I've never heard this distinction between infinitives and gerunds with potential experience versus actual experience. Hopefully someone else can provide some more input here.

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