I spent some time doing my homework.
I spent some time in doing my homework. I spent some time on doing my homework. I know the first sentence is correct, but what about the other two?
I don't think they are really used. Not at the New York Time site, at least.
The third sentence is okay. Most speakers would opt for the first sentence without the use of
on, but there's nothing grammatically wrong with the third sentence. We tend to use spend time + noun. For example, on I spent some time on my homework. Richard
But a Google search of "spend time in doing" still gives about 473 sites...
The New York Times is an educated site, all the articles are proofed by very good editors. That is a better reference.
Now, if you want Google (which shows up a lot of "un-edited" or even "un-educated" sites), it shows:
621 for "spend time in doing"
975 for "spend time on doing"
169,000 for "spend time doing"
which just confirms what the NYT, Richard and I have told you.
The other two are showing up very infrequently.
This message has been edited. Last edited by: Marius Hancu, December 02, 2006 11:02 AM