While reading a book, I met a sentence with a curious grammar construction which got me utterly confused. Here it is :
There is a curious corollary to the principle of trying to win the big pots right away (The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky).
I mean the structure "of trying to win the big pots". I this case "trying" plays a gerund role but I am not able to understand absolutely why the infinitive "to win" follows the gerund "trying".
I looked up all my grammar books in which I did not find any mention that it would be possible to use a gerund in conjunction with an infinitive. Could anyone tell me is that possible to use a gerund in conjunction with an infinitive. And if so, where could I read about such using a gerund?
I also wonder if it is possible to use such constructions:
- A gerund + any infinitive from a vocabulary
Promising to release her was a joke. After trying to achieve a bit better result he was completely exhausted.
- A gerund + a passive infinitive
His pretending to be exhausted was ridiculous.
- A gerund + a passive perfect infinitive
His behaving to have already been exposed seemed ludicrous
- A gerund + a negative passive infinitive
Her trying not to be seemed an amateur player exposed immediately.