Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences?
She hesitated to accept the job
She hesitated about accepting the job.
In Merriam Webster's Dictionary the word hesitate has two meanings:
- to stop briefly before you do something especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do
- to be unwilling to do something because of doubt or uncertainty
According to the examples in the dictionary, with the first meaning, the sentence can take the preposition 'about', and with the second, we can use an infinitive.
So does that mean in the examples above, "hesitate about accepting the job" shows a short pause before accepting and "hesitate to accept the job" suggests reluctance?