Gerund’s Dream (The Gerund that wanted to become and Infinitive)

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     A long time ago, there was a Gerund that lived in Gerundia with many more Gerunds just like him. They all lived happily and peacefully, there were no problems to worry about in Gerundia and everyone was full of joy. There was just a very little problem for which no one else cared about than this special Gerund, he had a dream that everyone said that it was “impossible to happen” and “there’s no way for your dream to come true”. He wanted to become an Infinitive!

     So, one day he packed his suitcase and travelled to Infinity – Infinitive’s country. After a few hours flight, he finally reached Infinity. There, he left the airport and visited his cousin, another Infinitive in Infinity. When Gerund was young, he was told by his parents that his cousin had an awful accident and lost his best friend, “to”, and since then he is a bare infinitive – every infinitive’s nightmare! Although he was very sad for having no friends he was very hospitable and let Gerund stay at his house for as long as he wanted. Gerund was so happy, he could finally be an Infinitive!

    He had some sleep and the next day, as the sun rose, he went to the city’s library. He spent his whole morning there, reading every single Grammar book he could find in order to find a way to become an Infinitive! “Rule #1 : All Infinitives have “to” as their friend, unless they are considered BARE INFINITIVES and live as lonely as the Gerunds”. “So, all I have to do is find a friend, am I wrong?!” thought he and started searching for a new friend.

     It wasn’t that difficult, he easily found a “to” walking down the street on its own, saying he lost his ex-friend and wanted a new one. They became best friends, although there was an enormous problem. Gerunds were forbidden to have friends “to”s! He thought he was illegal, so he tried to change his suffix. The more he tried, the more difficult it seemed to happen. “It is impossible, I can’t change my suffix!” said the Gerund miserably, thinking of all the time he spent trying to find out ways to become an Infinitive.

    He thanked his cousin for letting him stay at his home, said goodbye to him and to his illegal friend, “to”, and flew away to Gerundia. He was very disappointed and realized that he should change his dreams. All the criticism, all the comments behind his back turned out to be right – Grammar can’t change for any type of friendship or goal.




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