kimiya
which one is correct ?
Which one is correct?

1) They can't afford to go out very often.

2) They can't afford going out very often.
May 20, 2019 1:40 PM
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They can't afford to go out very often. 
May 20, 2019

The dictionary will show whether a verb can be followed an infinitive (to "verb") or a gerund ("verb"-ing).  The verb "afford" takes an infinitive.

Collins online dictionary

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/afford

afford

We couldn't afford to buy a new rug. [VERB to-infinitive]


New Oxford American Dictionary

afford verb

(can/could affordhave enough money to pay for: 

[with infinitive:  we could never have afforded to heat the place.

May 20, 2019
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