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Hi
Hope you are fine!
Which one is correct?

"One of the most important effects of positive thinking is..... us motivation and energy to do things."

a) to give

b) giving

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Please explain your reasons

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Hello Hame,

I believe in both cases that the sentences are grammatically correct.  There is a slight difference in meaning.  The use of the helping verb "is" followed by -ing conveys that the action (giving us motivation and energy) is ongoing as opposed to providing motivation and energy WHEN one thinks positively.

Hope that this makes sense as it is difficult to convey such a subtle shift in meaning.

Dr. D  

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