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    Ing form after infinitive

    Which (and why?) would be the correct version of the following sentence?:

    We are dedicated to communicate clearly and honestly about.....
    We are dedicated to communicating clearly and honestly about...

    Would it be correct to use the ing form following the infinitive?

    Looking forward to any answer!! Much appreciated Anna

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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by anna.dylander View Post
    Which (and why?) would be the correct version of the following sentence?:

    We are dedicated to communicate clearly and honestly about.....
    We are dedicated to communicating clearly and honestly about...
    The second.

    Would it be correct to use the ing form following the infinitive?
    Do you mean after the "to"? It is a common mistake to think that this is part of an infinitive (hence many students think the first sentence must be correct). In fact, though, it is simply a preposition selected by "dedicated". Like most prepositions, it can be followed by a gerund in place of a noun.

    We are dedicated to football.
    We are dedicated to communication.
    We are dedicated to communicating.

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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    Thanks! I see what you're saying. Yes I meant should the verb be in infinitive form after 'dedicated to'? But you say it 'can' be followed by gerund, but could the preposition also be followed by the infinitive? (OMG do I make sense?) Answer was much much appreciated though
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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by anna.dylander View Post
    Thanks! I see what you're saying. Yes I meant should the verb be in infinitive form after 'dedicated to'? But you say it 'can' be followed by gerund, but could the preposition also be followed by the infinitive? (OMG do I make sense?) Answer was much much appreciated though
    Anna
    If I understand you correctly, no. The preposition is followed by a noun or gerund.

    I think what is behind your question is the idea that "to" is a cue for the infinitive, or "infinitive marker". I think it is better not to think of that use of "to" as being a preposition, though others may disagree.

    But in this case the "to" is an ordinary preposition, and the structure is parallel to the following (with various prepositions):

    I am dedicated to communicating.
    I am keen on communicating.
    I am fond of communicating.
    Last edited by orangutan; 06-Aug-2009 at 18:14.

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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by anna.dylander View Post
    Thanks! I see what you're saying. Yes I meant should the verb be in infinitive form after 'dedicated to'? But you say it 'can' be followed by gerund, but could the preposition also be followed by the infinitive? (OMG do I make sense?) Answer was much much appreciated though
    Anna
    I think you are asking whether the first sentence can be right.
    If so, no it can't.

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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    no the right sentence is the first ,
    the second is wrong

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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    Hi Julianna,
    Please don't mislead others. Below are the meaning and examples quoted from Cambridge Dictionary:

    dedicated
    adjective
    1 believing that something is very important and giving a lot of time and energy to it:
    a dedicated father/teacher
    She's completely dedicated to her work.
    The Green Party is dedicated to protecting the environment.

    'Dedicated' is an adjective, it must be followed by 'to' in order to mean sth you believe is very important and you will give a lot of time and energy to it. It is a fixed adjective pattern. 'To' is thus a preposition here, but not an infinitive.

    So,only the second example in the orangutan's first thread is correct.

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    Re: Ing form after infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    no the right sentence is the first ,
    the second is wrong
    I'm afraid you have it the wrong way round!

    [be dedicated to Ving] is the correct construction.

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