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    Can you explain this:

    1) I know the obstacles hold the key to learning to see beyond a failure.
    ....I know the obstacles hold the key to learn to see beyond a filure.
    ....( which one is correct?)

    2) What is the difference between ' to learning ' and ' to learn.
    ....Give me more examples.

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    Smile Re: to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by tomolonight View Post
    Can you explain this:

    1) I know the obstacles hold the key to learning to see beyond a failure.
    ....I know the obstacles hold the key to learn to see beyond a filure.
    ....( which one is correct?)

    2) What is the difference between ' to learning ' and ' to learn.
    ....Give me more examples.

    Hi I´m not a teacher at all

    But I think the 1st one is correct because it refers to the noun not the verb.
    Remember that to is a function word, it doesn´t just make the infinitive of a verb, but it also acts as a preposition(followd by a noun- in this case learning-) and as an adverb (without a following noun)

    I hope it be of help, let´s wait and see what other people say

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    Re: to doing

    If you say "the obstacles THAT hold the key to learning" you imply there are specific obstacles that do this.

    If you say "I know that obstacles hold the key to learning" you are making a statement about obstacles in general.

    You need "learning" because as stated above, you need a noun. The key to what? The key to learning.
    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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