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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.