All the children have assembled on the ground and are waiting for the Principal to come.

My book says the correction to above sentence is to replace the principal to come with the principal's coming but I doubt if its the correct correction. Please confirm if the book is correct or not, if correct then why ?

  • Actually, both Principal to come and Principal's coming are okay. However, the verb assemble is very awkward here. Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 6:57

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The principal's coming is uses the word "coming" as a noun. This is hardly ever used. I've lived in America my entire life and I doubt iv'e ever heard anyone say that. Saying the principal to come would be more correct.

  • "Waiting for the Principal's arrival" would work.
    – James K
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 19:23

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