risk: ✓ risk doing something ✗ risk to do something

By | March 2, 2017
risk doing something
risk to do something
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Solo quelli disposti a rischiare di andare troppo oltre hanno la possibilità di scoprire quanto lontano si può andare.
- T. S. Eliot
✓ I risked losing control of the car.
✗ I risked *to lose* control of the car.
Ho rischiato di perdere il controllo della macchina.
We don’t use an infinitive verb after risk. A verb after risk must be in the gerund form.
Some more examples:
✓ If we don’t learn from history, we risk repeating the same mistakes again and again.
✗ If we don’t learn from history, we risk *to repeat* the same mistakes again and again.
Se non impariamo dalla storia, rischiamo di ripetere gli stessi errori in continuazione.
✓ If you miss the train, you risk missing your appointment.
✗ If you miss the train, you risk *to miss* your appointment.
Se perdi il treno, rischi di perdere il tuo appuntamento.
✓ If you carry on like this, you risk getting the sack.
✗ If you carry on like this, you risk *to get* the sack.
Se vai avanti così, rischi di essere licenziato.


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