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    Question a way to Ving or RV?

    Washing hands often is a major way to prevent the influenza.

    or

    Washing hands often is a major way to preventing the influenza.

    Which is right?

    Why?

    Do all the verbs follow the same rule after a way to...? (Varying from verb to verb or not?)

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: a way to Ving or RV?

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    Washing hands often is a major way to prevent the influenza.

    or

    Washing hands often is a major way to preventing the influenza.


    Which is right?

    Why?

    Do all the verbs follow the same rule after a way to...? (Varying from verb to verb or not?)

    Thanks a lot.
    If you wanted to use "V + ing", you can do it by changing "to" to "of" - but not in all contexts.

    Also, I find "a major way" rather unnatural. I would use "an important way" or "the most important way". It's also difficult to "prevent influenza" but it's possible to "prevent/stem/slow/control the spread of influenza".

    Washing [your/one's] hands regularly is a good way to prevent [the spread of] influenza.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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