I read this article and here it is mentioned that "I miss to swim" is grammatically incorrect. However, I do not see any issue with it.

Could some language expert please clarify.

  • Please look up the verb miss. Hint: it works like love, hate, like with ing.
    – Lambie
    Mar 8, 2019 at 18:28
  • @Lambie I Google'ed but couldn't understand. I am not a native English user, so it would be better if you could explain the concept, if you know.
    – pjj
    Mar 8, 2019 at 18:37
  • It would help us if we understood what you found when you searched and why that didn’t help you.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 8, 2019 at 18:39
  • @ColleenV Could you recommend me some good English Grammar online resource, I have been reading - dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar ....
    – pjj
    Mar 8, 2019 at 18:45
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    If you do know an answer, you should post it even if your English isn’t perfect. We will help.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 8, 2019 at 19:00

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I'm not very sure as to why it isn't grammatically correct, but it doesn't sound very natural to me. I would rather say "I miss swimming". You see, English has a bunch of unwritten rules especially when it comes down to gerunds. "I miss to swim" isn't something we really say. why? like I said, there are things in the language that you'll only learn by hearing every day. I could come up with a very detailed explanation, but you'd still run into exceptions such as "I love to swim vs I love swimming" for instance. I would recommend that you look up "List of verbs followed by gerunds in English" and try memorizing them.

Verbs followed by gerunds

  • Some work both ways, others do not. But your advice is sound.
    – Lambie
    Mar 8, 2019 at 18:39
  • Correct, that's why you should immerse yourself in the language as much as possible. YouTube is one of the best sources of information there is nowadays.
    – Kaique
    Mar 8, 2019 at 18:42

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