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I wonder which form suits this sentence:

  1. Going out with your friends is more interesting than to go with your family!

  2. Going out with your friends is more interesting than going with your family!

The reason is more important for me than answer.

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I don’t think either one is “incorrect,” but I do think the second option reads better.

The reason? It’s a parallel structure. Had the sentence begun like this:

To go out with your friends is...

then I would have voted for the first one.

The Purdue OWL has a good example of parallel structures:

With the -ing form (gerund) of words:

  • Parallel: Mary likes hiking, swimming, and bicycling.

With infinitive phrases:

  • Parallel: Mary likes to hike, to swim, and to ride a bicycle.
  • OR: Mary likes to hike, swim, and ride a bicycle.

It goes on to recommend that forms should not be mixed:

Mary likes hiking, swimming, and to ride a bicycle.

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