33.16.3 Anstatt zu + infinitive


The following construction with infinitive is quite easy to understand even though the English translation is a construction with a gerund.

  Examples  
Anstatt zu arbeiten, schwatzen sie.
= Instead of working they chat.
  Anstatt mir zu antworten, erzählte er mir sein Leben.
= Instead of answering me he told me his life.
  Wenn man schläft, anstatt zu lernen, wird man nie voran kommen.
= If sleeping instead of studying you'll never advance.






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