"Ganar el campeonato es imposible."
Translation:Winning the championship is impossible.
"¿Ganar el campeonato es imposible?"...¡Que basura! ¡Ese no es el "yo puedo hacerlo" hombre que conocemos!
Can the gerund be used here instead? e.g Ganando el campeonato es imposible?
No. Don't confuse a "gerundio" with a "gerund." Spanish uses the infinitive to translate English gerunds ( a Spanish gerundio is a present participle used as part of a "continuous" or "progressive" verb. An English gerund is an "ing" verb form used as a noun. ). They are very different, and are false cognates. http://www.curso-ingles.com/aprender/cursos/nivel-intermedio/the-gerund-and-infinitive/the-gerund-and-infinitive http://elblogdelingles.blogspot.com/2007/02/lesson-45-ing-form-or-infinitive.html http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/practice/32
They might technically have slightly different definitions as rafi pointed out but in general you shouldn't worry too much about which one to use they're pretty similar.
A tournament: "A series of contests in which a number of contestants compete and the one that prevails through the final round or that finishes with the best record is declared the winner."
A championship: "any of various contests held to determine a champion".
So yes, they are synonymes.
No. You can be a champion without participating in a tournament. (E.g. Harvard is the 2014 champion of the Ivy league in football, but there's no league championship tournament.) In many leagues at all levels of competition, division champions may be decided purely on the basis of "regular season" play, with no tournament.
Except "campeonato" translates as "championship." A tournament is a process through which one might win a championship. But they are not the same.
Don't conflate the two.
They did. I just put "To win the championship is impossible" and was marked correct.
Is it bad form to change the order of the sentence to "The championship is impossible to win"? That seems more natural in English, but maybe I'm missing an emphasis by putting the infinitive first..