the first person performing/to perform that kind of operation

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bamboo--tw

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ROC/Mandarin
Dr. Wang was the first person performing that kind of operaton in the country.
Dr. Wang was the first person to perform that kind of operaton in the country.


Hi,
Why doesn't the first of the above two sound as right as the second? Could you dig up a reason? Thanks.
 
  • Madrid829

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    US English, Great Lakes area
    The first one, since it uses the gerund, emphasizes an action. To me, it makes it sound like there are several doctors all performing it at once, and that this doctor happened to be the first to start...really, even then, it still rubs my ears the wrong way. There may be other, more official reasons, but this is the first that came to my head.
     
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