On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On 25/11/2010 19:59, Michael D Martin wrote: >> >> I actually was wondering this same thing recently. My thought was that >> maybe >> the infinitive could be replaced by the gerund. So "I like to run" becomes >> "I like running" and "I am permitted to run" would be "I am permitted >> running". Maybe that'd work? > > Well, no - because if a language has only one verbal noun it is the > infinitive! 'Gerund' is a term we give if the language has another verbal > noun, especially if it's has restricted, different or complementary use to > the infinitive. I thought it was only an infinitive if it lacked marking for certain categories that are required to be marked on finite verbs, like tense or aspect.