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lapachis8

Senior Member
Mexico-Spanish
Hi,

The sentences:

"To answer accurately is more important than..." or

"Answering accurately is more important than..."

which one is correct?
Thanks!
 
  • johndoe3344

    Member
    English
    The second one sounds much smoother to me, though I can't give you a grammatical rule to back up my choice.

    EDIT1: Reading it over a second time, I'm sure it could depend on the second half of the sentence too.
     

    Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    lapachis8 said:
    "To answer accurately is more important than..." :tick:
    "Answering accurately is more important than..." :tick:

    They are both correct, but johndoe is correct; much will depend on how these sentences end.

    If you start with "To answer accurately is more important than..." you'll need to end with an infinitive construction "more important than to waste your time with approximations."

    If you start with "Answering accurately is more important than..." you should end with something like "more important than wasting your time with approximations."
     

    GenJen54

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Both are correct in the context provided. It is simply a matter of stylistics. I would agree with johndoe, however, in that I prefer the second option. Oops. I missed john's edit. Yes, I also agree with Joelline regarding parallel construction.
     
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