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    Question to+infinitive+noun vs for+present participle+noun

    Hello,

    I would like to know what the difference is, if there is any, between sentences like:

    I need this article to show the mistake
    I need this article for showing the mistake

    They went to see that film to prove their point
    They went ot see that film for proving their point

    I think that for+present participle+noun is wrong, but cannot find any arguments for that apart from that it does not feel right to me.

    Regards,
    Monique


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    Re: to+infinitive+noun vs for+present participle+noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Monique Gr. View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to know what the difference is, if there is any, between sentences like:

    I need this article to show the mistake
    I need this article for showing the mistake

    They went to see that film to prove their point
    They went ot see that film for proving their point

    I think that for+present participle+noun is wrong, but cannot find any arguments for that apart from that it does not feel right to me.

    Regards,
    Monique
    With to + infinitive, you're talking about a particular purpose.
    With for + gerund, you're talking about a general purpose: This is a case for keeping records in / A corkscrew is a tool for opening bottles*.

    *A.J.Thomson and A.V. Martinet, “A Practical English Grammar”, Fourth Edition, rubric 334

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