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    Be consistent because consistency is the key to learning a language.

    Why is there -ing after to and not infinitive form? What is the difference? Is it incorrect to say consistency is the key to learn a language.

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    Re: to learning

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Be consistent because consistency is the key to learning a language.

    Why is there -ing after to and not infinitive form? What is the difference? Is it incorrect to say consistency is the key to learn a language.

    Thank you
    The original is correct and your proposed alternative is not.

    Consider "the key to the door" for example. "To the door" is an adjective phrase modifying "key".

    Similarly in "the key to learning a language", "to learning a language" is an adjective phrase.

    It consists of the preposition "to" and the gerund phrase "learning a language" which serves as the object. There is no infinitive involved.

    If this does not help, study more about gerunds and gerund phrases.

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