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Infinitive Verbs

Date: Dec 02 2011

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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We all want our friends to be happy. So it can be tempting to try to set them up on dates, especially when we think we’ve found their soul mate.

But matchmaking is a tricky business. Your friends might get annoyed with you if you meddle too much in their personal lives. Plus, love is mysterious. Two people who you’d think would make the perfect pair could end up hating each other.

But that doesn’t stop Amy from trying to set up her friends. Hear her tell Marni about her biggest matchmaking success ever.



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Marni:  Have you ever been a matchmaker for some of your friends or people you know?

Amy:  I actually have an amazing matchmaking story.

Marni:  Really?

Amy:  I do, yes.

Marni:  Do tell.

Amy:  Well, my best friend met my husband’s really good friend when she was up here visiting me.

Marni:  For your wedding?

Amy:  It was before my wedding.

Marni:  OK.

Amy:  They ended up falling in love, and my husband’s friend ended up moving actually to the city where my best friend lives.

Marni:  Wow.

Amy:  And they’re living together now, and when we recently got married, they were both in the wedding. So it’s a pretty perfect story. But now I’m so invested in their relationship. I really want them to just get married and have babies.

Marni:  Sure. So wow, did you just use intuition to know, or did they just kind of figure it out? I mean, how did you know they would hit it off?

Amy:  I think that just kind of worked out. But now I’m definitely really interested in matchmaking. Like, I really want to set more of my friends up, because it’s so exciting when your friends start dating, because then you can hang out together, couple friends.

Marni:  Right. Well, having in the past been set up on a blind date, I can tell you that it can also go awry and not work out really well when your friends think they have this great friend, and you’ll totally hit it off. But, you know, in the case of your friends, obviously it worked out. So I think it’s possible.


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Amy tells Marni about her greatest matchmaking success ever. She set her best friend up with one of her husband’s best friends. The two fell in love and are still together. Amy is now very invested in their relationship. She hopes they will get married one day.

After her first big matchmaking success, Amy now wants to set up more of her friends. She likes it when two people in her life get together, because then everyone can hang out as one big group. But Marni reminds her that matchmaking can also go awry. Blind dates don’t always end in true love.

Have you ever been set up by a friend? Did it work out? Have you ever been a matchmaker?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have never been a matchmaker , possibly it`s because of our age , but I have never been !Laughing

07:05 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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Syrian Arab Republic

it is funny thing to be matchmaker but i ‘m notLaughing

06:09 PM Dec 02 2011 |




Candycandice.  You are right , it is not necessary to meddle into others  personal life.  But it might happen that one girl  complaints to her best friend that she is not  lucky  in finding a nice and caring guy and you  want (as a good friend) to come to her rescue ,maybe you have a friend , or a  cousing  and they are yet not commited ,naturally, that thought come to her mind, why not, hey ,i would like you meet my friend , i think knowing both of you that you might hit it off  great.  After all what you have to lose.   

05:49 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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South Korea

Personally, I don’t like these matchmaking stuffs. Well, in case everything goes right everyone is happy. However, in the worst case scenario, the matchmaker is the one who is blamed, critisized and considered guilty. 

05:48 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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In my are, parents are matchmakers. For example last them I called my mom and she said there is a beautiful girl so I need to meet her..:)

04:02 PM Dec 02 2011 |

Vina Novalina


Be a matchmaker is good , its mean we try to help our friend who single into relationship with someone and maybe can be better being her/him mate for lifetime; we just wanna the best for both of them but sometimes it can being complicated when both of them get problems, one of them or maybe both will complaint to us about her/him couple ( they can wake up us at 3 am LOL ) and we have to be a good listener all day to listened it XD

03:31 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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there’s something call jalouse between girls that why no matchmaker ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;not work out

03:21 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

actually I have many friends really they are like me and respect me

I dont have much from them just only three friends

really often I was with them specially when we have be an holiday

have you every been set up by ny friend ? yes  I have been it

I dont know how much I will be able to do for them

as we know always we need to a nice time we are looking to change our times

all the time we suffering from boredom often we aspire to reach to the comfortable

I have never been set up out for a long time only from time to time

thank you for nice topic

02:30 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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Some friends of mine have already tried to matchmake me and a guy but it really didn’t work out. I don’t like to be a matchmaker, but once i just set up two friends of mine but it also didn’t work out. :S I wasn’t born to be a cupid!

02:05 PM Dec 02 2011 |




It’s good to be a matchmaker in one way and it’s a great idea….  but it doesn’t work out actually. It can go awry later. I think, people get engaged as they want and whenever they want to be. People can’t be set up by matchmaker.

Relations are made with love, belief, thoughts not by people…. Once these things are broken or lost in one heart, relations got hurt and people get apart.

That’s what I know actually….. rest of the things are itself clear, I guess.


12:21 PM Dec 02 2011 |

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mary abdu

Saudi Arabia

it is found in my country

08:31 AM Dec 02 2011 |

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I think matchmaker can be somewhat old fashioned, and I don’t think young people now days love it, mostly for youngsters like to chat on the internet and go blind date to meet new people. Though it is problem the things might go awry because no one would responsible for it. I have never been to matchmaker lol, I think natural meeting will be perfect and both of us just meant to be together.

08:19 AM Dec 02 2011 |

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United States

it’s goog to show ur care about who u love, but can be a backlash if one is embarrased by a blind fkig date

06:24 AM Dec 02 2011 |

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Baset : thanks a lot …i understood : it means to help your friends to get marriage !!!! 

02:13 AM Dec 02 2011 |

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The Last Joke


 Joy :

Matchmaking :To find out any chance on a successful relationship between two friends  for the purpose of marriage !


 I never been a matchmarker before !

02:03 AM Dec 02 2011 |




We have professional matchmakers that charge money to help you to find a  suitable date and those like Amy that are invested in finding  dates  for her friends. In spanish she would be called  a ” Celestina” ( means from heaven) 

02:07 PM Dec 01 2011 |

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