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    support him to do something?

    Another quick question, please. Is the sentence below acceptable, natural, or not natural? Thank you.

    There are many ways to support students to obtain a college education.

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    Re: support him to do something?

    It is more natural to say: There are many ways to support students in obtaining a college education.

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    Re: support him to do something?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Another quick question, please. Is the sentence below acceptable, natural, or not natural? Thank you.

    There are many ways to support students to obtain a college education.
    The sentence is fine/natural.

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    Re: support him to do something?

    It's not to me.

    There are 52 COCA citations for support noun in verb+ing and none for support noun to verb.

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    Re: support him to do something?

    It's unnatural to me too. Generally, we support someone "in" something.

    I wholeheartedly support you in your goal to run the London Marathon next year.
    I support you in your efforts to get a degree at the age of 92.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: support him to do something?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's unnatural to me too. Generally, we support someone "in" something.

    I wholeheartedly support you in your goal to run the London Marathon next year.
    I support you in your efforts to get a degree at the age of 92.
    Hi, 5jj and emsr2d2,

    Thank you most sincerely for your valuable opinions.

    In fact, I keyed in the search string "support him to" in COCA and found 10 citations.

    Perhaps in practice the structure "support him to do something" is less frequently used than "support him in..." . Am I right?

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    maoyueh

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