can't bear + Infinitive or Gerund


Could you please tell me which form of the verb 'tell' is correct in the sentence:


He couldn't bear to tell / telling his mother the truth beacuase he didn't want to upset her.


Is there any difference between US and GB English in this respect? 

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Either is correct, although "telling" would be more common in British usage than it is in American usage. 

link comment answered Nov 28 '12 at 14:28 David Contributor

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