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to swim vs. swimming #1 (permalink) Sun Oct 31, 2010 0:49 am   to swim vs. swimming
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #265 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (4)", question 8

......... in the river used to be a common pastime, but now it's too polluted.

(a) Swimming
(b) Swim
(c) Swam
(d) Was swimming

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #265 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (4)", answer 8

Swimming in the river used to be a common pastime, but now it's too polluted.

Correct answer: (a) Swimming

Your answer was: incorrect
Swim in the river used to be a common pastime, but now it's too polluted.
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can we use swim? why?
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to swim vs. swimming #2 (permalink) Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:20 am   to swim vs. swimming
 

No. A noun is required, which 'swim' alone is not. If the sentence read 'To swim', it would be acceptable, though not very natural.
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