How was it to work with him?


How was it, working with him?

Are these both possible? I think the first one is better. I searched on the internet but did not find any specific info. Both seem to be possible. Is there a difference in meaning? Maybe the second one is when you worked or have been working a long time with the person.

  • They're both possible, but in different contexts. Can you give us the full sentence and some context?
    – gotube
    Jul 28, 2021 at 5:48
  • They're the same. And I wouldn't bother with the comma in the second
    – gotube
    Jul 28, 2021 at 6:12

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Regarding the choice of gerund or infinitive, this site offers some useful guidelines:

Gerunds are often used when actions are real, fixed, or completed. "I enjoy cooking."
Infinitives are often used when actions are unreal, abstract, or future: "He wants to swim."

In your sentence, you are talking about something that is completed, so a gerund is the best choice:

How was it, working with him?

Note that, when you ask a question, you invert the subject and auxiliary verb/ be verb.

It was good. - statement
Was it good? - question
Why was it good? - question with question word

So, for your question, it should be "How was it".

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