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    Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    When Do we use "ing" after "to" & when do we use simple present?

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    It was glad to talk?/talking? with you.
    I've tried to study?/studying? hard.

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin1705 View Post
    When Do we use "ing" after "to" & when do we use simple present?

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    It was glad to talk?/talking? with you.

    You could use both of them:

    It was nice/good to talk to you.
    It was nice/good talking to you.

    (Note we don't say "It was glad to". People are glad.)



    I've tried to study?/studying? hard.

    Again, both are possible:

    I've tried to study hard.
    I've tried studying hard.

    I would say that with the second example, that probably wouldn't be the end of the sentence: I've tried studying hard but it just doesn't seem to help!

    See above.

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin1705 View Post
    When Do we use "ing" after "to" & when do we use simple present?

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    It was glad to talk?/talking? with you.
    I've tried to study?/studying? hard.
    Welcome to the forums.
    In most cases the infinitive is used. In your two examples "...to talk" and "...to study are correct. You could use the "ing" form without "to". In your first example you have used "It was glad to..." did you mean "I was glad to..."?

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Welcome to the forums.
    In most cases the infinitive is used. In your two examples "...to talk" and "...to study are correct. You could use the "ing" form without "to". In your first example you have used "It was glad to..." did you mean "I was glad to..."?
    But what will happen if I use both of them together, like this:
    I was glad to talking with you.
    I hope this is wrong.

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    But what will happen if I use both of them together, like this:
    I was glad to talking with you.
    I hope this is wrong.
    That would be wrong!!!

    Use either the full infinitive "to talk", or the bare infinitive + ing "talking".

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin1705 View Post
    When Do we use "ing" after "to"
    "ing" is infrequently used after 'to", but sometimes it is. And in such instances, it is not the infinitive "to".

    I look forward to (seeing)(meeting)(working with) you.


    I was glad to talking with you.
    I've tried to studying hard.
    2006

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I look forward to (seeing)(meeting)(working with) you.
    Sorry, Can you explain it more?

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    Sorry, Can you explain it more?
    Those are examples of using -ing words after "to". It is not common to use -ing words after "to".

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    Re: Difference between "ing"&"simple present" after "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Those are examples of using -ing words after "to". It is not common to use -ing words after "to".
    OK, thanks

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