Asked • 03/23/19

Does Italian always use the infinitive where English uses the gerund?

A phrase like "**asking** questions is a sign of a curious mind" is translated in Italian as _**fare** domande è segno di una mente curiosa_; the difference is clearly that English uses the gerund where Italian uses the infinitive.Does Italian always use the infinitive where English uses the gerund?The only case where this _rule_ doesn't seem to apply is with _giocando si impara_, which is the translation of "you learn by playing." I would not say _giocare si impara_. Is there any reason for using _giocando_ in this case?

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David G. answered • 03/24/19

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