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    #1

    to doing

    hi, would you teachers like to tell me whether it's true to use this form in English? 'to doing something'?
    thanks !!

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    Re: to doing

    Hi julianna,

    (I love your name, by the way. It was on the short list of names we considered for our daughter.)

    You can have "to do" or "doing" but I can't think of anything that works with "to doing."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    You can have "to do" or "doing" but I can't think of anything that works with "to doing."
    What about this?;

    be used to doing something

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    Re: to doing

    Sure, that works.

    But that pairs "used to" together, and the "to" is not an infinitive marker for the "doing." I was thinking solely of the to-as-infinite.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: to doing

    When 'to' is a part of the verb/infinitive , it can't be followed by -ing, when 'to' is a preposition it should be followed by -ing form (=gerund) or a noun.
    Another such example: I look forward to hearing from you.

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    #6

    Re: to doing

    hey Barb !! you can add this name to the list of your daughter , my real name is "Hadjer", and Julianna "is my surname !!

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    #7

    Re: to doing

    Hello julianna!
    One more to your list:
    Don't confine yourself to doing sth. only!

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    #8

    Re: to doing

    who said that i do so?? lol !! thanks ..


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    #9

    Re: to doing

    Don't confine yourself to doing sth. only!
    Would you explain, why there needed 'to'?
    Thanks.

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    #10

    Re: to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by diver View Post
    Would you explain, why there needed 'to'?
    Thanks.
    This is because you can confine something to something.
    From a dictionary:
    The sick child was confined to bed.

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