agreed to Jack going / agreed for Jack to go

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Saltie

Senior Member
Russian, Russia, Sochi
Hi!
If I have to report this dialogue:
- Mummy, can Jack go to the cinema with me tonight?
- OK. He can go.

...which option would be correct?
1) Mum agreed for Jack to go to the cinema tonight.
2) Mum agreed to Jack going to the cinema tonight.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    - Mummy, can Jack come to the cinema with me tonight?
    - OK. He can go.


    And I agree with 2 but not 1. Strictly speaking, the possessive version suggested by GWB is correct, but that’s not what would normally be said in an informal conversation of this kind.

    Re 1, that construction is more appropriate to: Mum gave her permission for Jack to go to the cinema tonight.
     
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