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    Default Prep + verb

    Hello!

    I know that these sentences are correct.

    e.g.
    I like to surf.
    I like surfing.

    What I don't know is how to explain this mistake.

    e.g.
    I like to surfing.

    Cheers!
    Tito

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    Default Re: Prep + verb

    "Surfing" is a noun. You can't make it into an infinitive by adding a "to."

    If you like apples, you wouldn't say "I like to apple."

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    Default Re: Prep + verb

    There are two general ways to turn a verb into a noun (called a verbal). One is the gerund (the -ing form) and the other is the infinitive (the to form).

    "To surfing" is an unacceptable combination of the two forms.

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    Default Re: Prep + verb

    Before anyone asks. 'I am used to surfing' and 'I look forward to surfing' are not exceptions. There the 'to' is a preposition, not part of an infinitive, and it is normally followed by a noun, pronoun or gerund
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    Default Re: Prep + verb

    Good clarification, 5JJ.

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