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Use of Participle and Infinitive

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Use of Participle and Infinitive

Post Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:23 pm
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    Hi Everybody

    What is the difference between "ability to raise" and "ability in raising"?

    When should we use an infinitive and a participle.

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    My experience with GMAT the 1st one is always preferable, I believe is gramatically better and "ability in raising" can even be redundant. Any grammar gurus out there?

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    Post Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:16 pm
    I would definitely not consider myself a grammarian of any kind but I think this is an issue in idioms:

    I have the ability to speak to dogs-ability to do some kind of action
    I have ability in communicating with animals-ability in should be followed by a noun

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    Sounds s reasonable explanation...

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