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    Question to get to doing sth or to get to do sth?

    Dear teachers,
    I would like you to tell me what is the correct way whether to get to doing sth or to get to do something.

    In this sentence, "before she gets to saying goodbye" is there something wrong? is it "before she gets to say goodbye" which is the correct way? can u give me an explanation?

    I am looking forward to hear from you soom
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: to get to doing sth or to get to do sth?

    Hi, i am not a teatcher but i will show you your mistakes
    *'to get to doing something is extramly wrong ' it should be '' to get to do something''
    * same to the second sentence, it should be " before she gets to say goodbye"
    as a result, i can tell you that the verb after "to" must be in its infinitiv form.

    thanks!!

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    Re: to get to doing sth or to get to do sth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Irene_857 View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I would like you to tell me what is the correct way whether to get to doing sth or to get to do something.

    In this sentence, "before she gets to saying goodbye" is there something wrong? is it "before she gets to say goodbye" which is the correct way? can u give me an explanation?

    I am looking forward to hear from you soom
    Thanks in advance!
    Hi Irene,
    This structure is pretty informal, but your first one is correct.
    Before she [gets to = gets around around = starts to] [saying goodbye = the process of saying goodbye]

    Your second one is correct, but a different meaning. That version of "gets to" means "is permitted to" and in that usage you do indeed need the infinitive.

    Type 1
    You know your friend is about to start a long project:
    Before you get to cleaning the kitchen, let me ask you this question, and then I will leave you alone to finish your task.

    That "get to cleaning" means "start the cleaning process"

    Type 2
    Before you get to go out with your friends, your mother insists that your room be tidy.

    That "get to go out" means "permitted to go out."

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    Re: to get to doing sth or to get to do sth?

    i didn't understand anything!!!!!

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