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    Default Re: no point

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    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
    If you had googled "there's no point to/in + V+ing", you would have found a greater difference:

    "there's no point to rewriting" -- 12
    "there's no point in rewriting" -- 86

    "there's no point to arguing" -- 99
    "there's no point in arguing" -- 385

    "there's no point to spending" -- 101
    "there's no point in spending" -- 428

    When using Google, you should go the last page to find a realistic number. Otherwise you get raw hits.
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    Default Re: no point

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    If you had googled "there's no point to/in + V+ing", you would have found a greater difference:

    "there's no point to rewriting" -- 12
    "there's no point in rewriting" -- 86

    "there's no point to arguing" -- 99
    "there's no point in arguing" -- 385

    "there's no point to spending" -- 101
    "there's no point in spending" -- 428

    When using Google, you should go the last page to find a realistic number. Otherwise you get raw hits.
    Obviously, the more words one includes, the smaller the sample number. I don't believe, however, that the particular infinitive is very important to the structure. That said, both versions are relatively common.

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