Hi,  Ahmed Imam Attia,

Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Hello. Which verb form is correct?

Ahmed was left (to dream - dreaming) about his new life as a teacher.

Thank you.

IMO, both are grammatically correct. Using 'dreaming', the emphasis lies on the progressive meaning, i.e. it refers to a present state then. Using 'to + inf.', the emphasis lies on something that would happen (in the near future).

ahmed_btm posted:
IMO, both are grammatically correct.
islam mohamed posted:

Both are correct but the meaning is different.

Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Ahmed was left (to dream - dreaming) about his new life as a teacher.

Hello, Ahmed, Ahmed, and Islam,

Unfortunately, the two answer choices are not both correct. Only "to dream" is correct: "Ahmed was left to dream about his new life as a teacher."

If we want to use "dreaming" instead, we need to delete "to." We can say: "Ahmed was left dreaming about his new life as a teacher."

It is a passive construction. "Was left to V" derives from "left him to V." "Was left V-ing" derives from "left him V-ing."

However, "left him to V-ing" does not work, and neither does "was left to V-ing." If "left" were changed to "given," though, you could use "was given to V-ing."

Hi, David,

When I first read that question, just like you I thought "to" applied to both "dream" and "dreaming," but then realized -- on reading Ahmed_btm's answer -- that the options were to dream and dreaming.

Confusing as the exercise appears to be, your explanation has helped clarify the point.

Gustavo, Contributor posted:

When I first read that question, just like you I thought "to" applied to both "dream" and "dreaming," but then realized -- on reading Ahmed_btm's answer -- that the options were to dream and dreaming.

Thank you, Gustavo, for clarifying that. Ahmed_btm sent me an e-mail pointing out the same thing. I apologize for misreading the answer choices. It had seemed to me that the choices followed "to," whereas "to" was only part of the first answer choice, as if the choices had been "(dreaming -- to dream)" or as if Ahmed Imam Attia's question had been more clearly presented, as follows:

Ahmed was left ______ about his new life as a teacher.

a) to dream
b) dreaming

Indeed, when the question is thus understood, both answer choices are correct.

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