得閒人 asked in 社會及文化語言 · 1 decade ago

can i use ”inclined to” instead of ”inclined toward” ....

can i use "inclined to" instead of "inclined toward" in the following sentence? Please give a short explain

attention will focus on whether the majority is more inclined toward higher rates to counteract soaring inflation or to lower rates because of fears the economy could be heading for recession

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  • ma
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    1 decade ago
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    ... whether the majority is more inclined toward higher rates to counteract soaring inflation or to lower rates because of fears the economy could be heading for recession

    As you can see, the sentence has a parallel construction:

    (a) inclined toward higher rates...

    (b) inclined to lower rates...

    Since inclined to and inclined toward have the same meaning (in this situation), you are free to make substitutions.

    With verbs, you use "inclined to" with an infinitive and "inclined toward" with a gerund. With nouns, pick your choice.

    I am inclined to say that you can choose either construction.

    I am inclined toward saying that you can choose either construction.

  • 1 decade ago

    With verbs, you use "inclined to" with an infinitive and "inclined toward" with a gerund. With nouns, pick your choice.

    so

    saying is a gerund

    say is an infinitive

    ?

    I guess so

    if possible, please give a short explain

    2008-07-31 17:55:34 補充:

    easy to understand but not easy ro read

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