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Is the following sentence pattern, and the sentence I read on the Internet, grammatically correct?

Somebody agrees with somebody else on doing something.

The government of Moldova agreed with trade unions on starting talks on gradual increase of the minimal wage next week.

Which ones of the sentences below are correct in this case? (I convinced my brother that he will donate to a charity.)

My brother agreed with me on donating to a charity.

My brother agreed to me on donating to a charity.

My brother agreed to me donating to a charity.

My brother agreed to me donate to a charity.

  • Who is donating? --just you, or both of you? Note that the object of donate is the gift, and you donate to a recipient. – StoneyB Dec 26 '16 at 20:05
  • @StoneyB I convinced my brother that he will donate to a charity with me. – Mrt Dec 26 '16 at 20:09
  • on means about here. – Abbasi Dec 26 '16 at 21:19
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You can "agree to" do something, or "agree with" someone, or with someone "agree on" something. However I can see the use of these can be tricky. For example it is more natural to say:

We agreed to donate to charity

rather than

We agreed on donating to charity.

So I would write your example as:

My brother agreed with me that we should donate to charity.

But then you can say:

But we couldn't agree on how much to donate.

The pattern seems to be that if you would normally use the verb, you would agree to (verb) but otherwise agree on (adverb or phrase), but I might be missing some exceptions and perhaps an overarching rule.

  • Thank you. How about the sentence I excerpted? – Mrt Dec 26 '16 at 20:11
  • I guess that's an exception, although I would have rewritten it: "The government of Moldova agreed with trade unions to start talks next week on a gradual increase of the minimal wage." I guess this reporter's editor was on a break. – Andrew Dec 26 '16 at 20:20
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In the pattern you are using

someone agrees with someone/something
someone agrees to something
someone agrees to do something

also

someone agrees on something

to signify what is being agreed upon.

I agree with you on your need for a new bike.
you have told me you need a new bike and I think you are correct

I agree on getting you a new bike next Christmas.
I agree that getting a new bike should be done, but not until next Christmas

I agree to get you a new bike next Christmas.
I will get you a new bike next Christmas

So,

Your brother agreed with me on donating to a charity.

is the correct variant. In your first sentence

The government of Moldova agreed with trade unions on starting talks on gradual increase of the minimal wage next week.

is the first pattern.

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