how long does it take…? sentence

CchingchangchongJunior MemberJoinedJul 29, 2014Member TypeStudent or LearnerNative LanguageKoreanHome CountrySouth KoreaCurrent LocationSouth KoreaAug 4, 2014#1Hello, teachers.What

how long does it take…? sentence

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chingchangchong

Junior MemberJoinedJul 29, 2014Member TypeStudent or LearnerNative LanguageKoreanHome CountrySouth KoreaCurrent LocationSouth Korea
  • Aug 4, 2014
  • #1Hello, teachers.

    What is the difference between "How long does it take to cook turkey" and "How long does it take to cooking turkey"

    and Why?

    Thanks
MikeNewYork

MikeNewYork

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  • Aug 4, 2014
  • #2The first is correct; the second is not. "To cook" is an infinitive. Infinitives use the base form of the verb, not the -ing form.
emsr2d2

emsr2d2

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  • Aug 4, 2014
  • #3However, if you change the word order of the sentence, you can use "How long does cooking a turkey take?"T

Tdol

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #4
chingchangchong said:"How long does it take to cook turkey"Click to expand...How long does it take to cook a turkey works better for me. Without the article, it could be any amount of turkey, which makes the question a bit pointless.
MikeNewYork

MikeNewYork

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #5Well, cooking times for turkeys vary by size. Often it is expressed as minutes per pound.Last edited by a moderator: Aug 5, 2014C

chingchangchong

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #6Your sentence is too difficult to me.
    But Thank you very much.
MikeNewYork

MikeNewYork

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #7Which sentence is too difficult?
Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #8Tdol's, Emsr's, and Mike's comments are all correct. As they said:

    - Cooking is not a simple verb. It's a gerund - an -ing verb. It is never part of an infinitive. We say "to cook," never "to cooking." To use the gerund, you have to rephrase, as Emsrl did.

    - Turkey would be better with an article in front of it: a turkey.

    Does that help? If you are still confused, maybe you will get more answers below. The important thing is: no gerunds after the word to!R

Rover_KE

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #9
Charlie Bernstein said:The important thing is: no gerunds after the word to!Click to expand...
...except in contexts like 'I prefer gardening to cooking'.
emsr2d2

emsr2d2

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #10
Rover_KE said:...except in contexts like 'I prefer gardening to cooking'.Click to expand...
And in "I am to gardening what Beethoven is to clothes designing."
tzfujimino

tzfujimino

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #11
emsr2d2 said:And in "I am to gardening what Beethoven is to clothes designing."Click to expand...
I like your example sentence.:-D
I think I'll use it when I teach that construction to my students.
Thank you.
Matthew Wai

Matthew Wai

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #12
Rover_KE said:...except in contexts like 'I prefer gardening to cooking'.Click to expand...'I have taken to cooking my own food.'
Is it an exception too?
emsr2d2

emsr2d2

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  • Aug 5, 2014
  • #13Yes, that works too. There are always so many exceptions to our rules!

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