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Mind your own business

How I learnt to mind my own business
Come ho imparato a fare i fatti miei

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When I got home from work yesterday, it was a lovely sunny afternoon so I decided to go for a nice long walk. As I was walking past the local school, on the other side of the fence, I could hear all the children shouting, “Thirteen… thirteen… thirteen….”
The fence was too high to look over the top but just in front of me I could see a small hole in one of the planks. Curious, I stopped to see what was going on.
Just as I bent down to look through the hole, one of the children on the other side of the fence poked his finger in my eye and they all started shouting, “Fourteen… fourteen… fourteen…”

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Stop to think but don’t stop thinking!

stopUn piccolo appunto nello sterminato campo del perenne dilemma:
infinito vs. gerundio

Il verbo to stop in effetti può essere seguito da entrambe le forme ma, a differenza del verbo to start, la scelta tra l’infinito e il gerundio cambia radicalmente il significato della frase.

Possiamo dire che:

to stop + infinito  =  fermarsi per
to stop + gerundio  =  smettere di

  • He stopped to talk to his colleague. = Si fermò per parlare con il suo collega.
  • He stopped talking to his colleague. = Smise di parlare con il suo collega.
  • Why don’t you stop to have a drink? = Perché non ti fermi per bere qualcosa?
  • Why don’t you stop drinking? = Perché non smetti di bere?
  • Perhaps you should stop to think about it. = Forse dovresti fermarti a pensarci.
  • Perhaps you should stop thinking about it. = Forse dovresti smettere di pensarci.

Come si vede dagli esempi sopra, la differenza di significato è netta.


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Pubblicato da su 18 febbraio 2012 in use of verbs, Verbi

 

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