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Old November 05, 2018, 11:41 PM
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Viajar es trabajar - infin + ser + infin

I don't hear or see this often.

infinitive + ser + infinitive.

"travel is work" meaning it is a form of working when you're traveling. You can't totally relax if your on the road / moving around a lot.

It's (obviously) infinitive + ser + infinitive.

These general statements of infinitive + ser + infinitive are correct?

Common to use or awkward?

Any further examples?

Just wanted to clarify.


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The infinitive is being used as a noun. The English equivalent is the gerund, which ends in -ing, not to be confused with the present participle used in "I'm traveling tomorrow." The present participle is called el gerundio in Spanish.

Using the Spanish infinitive as a noun is quite commonplace (and is always how the English gerund is represented).

viajar es trabajar
traveling is working (two nouns, the first, the subject, the second, the subject complement (predicate noun), with a sandwiched linking verb)

No me gusta viajar.
I don't like traveling. (traveling is a noun, the English direct object (it's the Spanish subject))

no fumar
no smoking (there's no verb here)
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The infinitive is being used as a noun. The English equivalent is the gerund, which ends in -ing, not to be confused with the present participle used in "I'm traveling tomorrow." The present participle is called el gerundio in Spanish.

Using the Spanish infinitive as a noun is quite commonplace (and is always how the English gerund is represented).

viajar es trabajar
traveling is working (two nouns, the first, the subject, the second, the subject complement (predicate noun), with a sandwiched linking verb)

No me gusta viajar.
I don't like traveling. (traveling is a noun, the English direct object (it's the Spanish subject))

no fumar
no smoking (there's no verb here)
Cheers, Rusty.

Yes, I see infinitives everywhere en español.

Just the two infinitive with 'ser' in between make me curious.

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