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    #1

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    Dear Teachers,

    I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct.

    There is no point to rewriting this text.

    If it is correct, then how different is it from the following?

    There is no point in rewriting this text.


    Thank you for your help,
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    #2

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    They have the same meaning for me.

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    #3

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    There is no difference in meaning, but the second one is more idiomatic. I've found an interesting thread on this topic. I completely agree with FumbleFingers' assessment.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

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    The second one is more idiomatic in someone's opinion. I think they are equally idiomatic.

    Google: What is the point to -- 335,000,000
    What is the point in -- 411,000,000

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    #5

    Re: no point

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct.

    There is no point to rewriting this text.

    If it is correct, then how different is it from the following?

    There is no point in rewriting this text.


    Thank you for your help,
    4ania4
    Little difference, but I would prefer "point in" which, I believe, would be more common.

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    Do not take the number of Google hits to be an accurate indication of the correctness of anything. I don't find the first one very natural.

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    #7

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    My gut reaction was that the first was incorrect. However, it is grammatical but uncommon. More frequently you will hear "... no point in V+ing" or simply "... no point V+ing".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

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    Google does not indicate correctness, but it certainly can indicate commonness.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Google does not indicate correctness, but it certainly can indicate commonness.
    True, but commonness doesn't necessarily suggest correctness either. If you Google "I ain't", you get 740,000,000 hits. Googling "would of" gives 18,700,000 hits. It's something we regularly remind learners.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

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    Yes, but it this case, neither choice is grammatically incorrect. The only issue was about frequency of usage and being natural. They are both natural for me (in AmE).

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