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Gerunds vs. Infinitives

Date: Aug 12 2011

Themes: Sports

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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Running is such a common activity that if the Olympics aren’t coming up it’s easy to forget that it’s even a sport. In fact, it’s the oldest sport there is, and it’s so popular that many kinds of animals even do it!

Whether you are training for a marathon or just trying to stay in shape, all you need to run is a solid pair of shoes or a soft surface. Running exercises muscles all over your body. You can work up a sweat very quickly if you’re running fast.

But running can also be hard on your body. You’re less likely to injure yourself while swimming, for instance, and with bicycles and other work-out machines available these days, some people like to save the running for when they’re late for a bus. Find out if you’re more likely to see Jason and Ella jogging down the street or working out at the gym.



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Jason:  What do you got going this weekend?

Ella:  I guess I’m gonna go for a jog even though I dread it.

Jason:  Oh really? It’s supposed to be good weather. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a great weekend for a run.

Ella:  I know, I just hate running. I was in track and field for three years in high school…

Jason:  Me too!

Ella:  ...but I just absolutely hated the running part of it.

Jason:  What? So you enjoyed throwing javelins or what?

Ella:  No, I did hurdles and long jump and triple jump, so I’m more of a bouncy kind of person. When I go jogging I jog to these stairs and then I just do like 20 sets of stairs.

Jason:  So running a marathon would be your least favorite thing.

Ella:  My nightmare. That would be my ultimate nightmare.

Jason:  I would love to train for a marathon. I think it’s such a cool state of mind you get into when you’re doing distance running. You just sort of stop thinking and you have that rhythm of your feet hitting the ground and your heart beating but it’s just so hard on the body, to train for a 26-mile run. I feel like I’d get hurt.

Ella:  I could never do distance. I know it would be killer on my shins.

Jason:  Yeah. I’ve gotten more into biking since it’s lower impact.

Ella:  When was the last time you went jogging?

Jason:  You know, I don’t even remember. So we should go jogging somewhere, like on a beach or something where it’s soft.

Ella:  Yeah, let’s do it!


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Ella jogs to stay in shape, but she doesn’t like it. She was on the track and field team in high school, but she liked the jumping events better than running.

Jason was on the track team too and he thinks running is fun. He would like to try a marathon, but worries he would get injured. Jason likes other sports like cycling that are easier on your body. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he went jogging, so he and Ella agree to go.

Do you like to run? What is your favorite way to exercise?



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joao correia


Every weekend I to running around 7 kilometers  since 2 years ago or less I don’t remember exactly the time but for me it is indispensable not to running because I like so much it and it is so good for my state of mind and stay in shape too.

09:01 PM Mar 13 2016 |

nasrin jojo

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i always really like running but i often cant do it because i have no extra time to doing..running is so easy sport and on the other.hand runing is head of all sports!!also it is useful and benefical for our healthy,,

01:21 PM May 21 2015 |



Russian Federation

I often think of starting jogging again, but   it is always  postponed, as I am lazy.

06:30 PM Apr 07 2014 |




Mmmm i like that, it’s make me just like Normal & an Active person actually feeling much more Better Laughing

08:58 PM Oct 02 2011 |




i like runing and love all kind of sport.

04:36 PM Oct 02 2011 |




Yeah definitely, I love running, jogging and walking. That’s all I always do to stay in shape. I want to try other kinds of exercise though. But I don’t really need to work hard anyway. I am already thin and I want to gain weight.

11:51 AM Sep 27 2011 |



i like runing.

03:02 PM Sep 01 2011 |



In fact,I love all kind of sprots all the time,especial china kungfu,as for jogging,i think this is a good exercising for healthy and our body,I just doing jog seldome,I like skipping,of course ,as we all know,every sport need to insists that can be more effectively for us,but actually,for now ,i rarely have time to practise some sports,the problem is that i living in city,so dont have place for excercise right now,just practise in my balcony sometime,I feel little boring,but i know the truth is that if we want keep our body health,we have to practise frequently,at least 2 or 3 times every week,so i plan to change my lifestyle,make an excercise planning,and pasting on my wall to remind me everyday,hope this method is effectively.what is your excerise planning ,can sharing with us.thanks in advance.

10:39 AM Aug 31 2011 |


VOLTSSuper Member!


running is so easy… it’s just need personal determination and, as Jason says, a pair of shoes (or not)... I am used to running very often… like 5 days a week. It is sometimes hard to find time for that but anyway i love it and…if God alows me i will never stop running.

04:27 AM Aug 31 2011 |

bystander :-)


I like when running is like this…

’...whatever you do

with your running,

you only cheat yourself

by pushing, pressing, competing.

There are no standards

and no possible victories except

the joy you are living

while dancing your run.’

08:33 PM Aug 21 2011 |



I don`t like jogging either like Ella. But I like walking in the park or forest. Walking just all my own and breathing clean ear is the best thing to live heathy. You can stay more stress-free.

02:08 PM Aug 19 2011 |



Russian Federation

I live near forest and there are perfect conditions for jogging. So I like to jog very much.

05:51 PM Aug 17 2011 |




No, I dont’ like run  because I feel to my heart beating so fast,It’s very tired. But sometime I like to slowly jogging on the street and like to cycling at my home.

06:51 AM Aug 17 2011 |




I like to go in for sport coz I want to be in good shape. Yes, I like to run and do some exercises like a sit-up, push-up. Sometimes I like just to walk. It’s also very healthy. I try don’t  go somewhere by bus and go on foot.

04:29 PM Aug 15 2011 |






I like running actully but i don’t have the place to do it

well i think that it is too important to run as u move all the blood in your body


01:38 PM Aug 15 2011 |



I adore running. I have three children and  I go running when ever I have time for myself. Sometimes I running while my boys ryding bikes next to me. 

Even if I sometimes feel exausted I go run because I distress myself on that way. I have my route about seven kilometres..I like run fast!

04:52 AM Aug 15 2011 |




I like running slowly!

04:32 AM Aug 15 2011 |




Running is okay, but i preffer doing TaeBo (from DVD) so much. Eventhough TaeBo is tiring but the result is very good, it makes me stay in shape, my musles are relax and i feel fresh :)

11:14 PM Aug 14 2011 |




i loove runniing  its make me get the nerves out , and fell the aire  :D 

09:46 PM Aug 14 2011 |



Well, i like running but I prefer swimming or aerobics. 

07:04 PM Aug 14 2011 |

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