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    Infinitive/Gerund/Preposition

    Hello teachers,
    How are things going?

    Could you please help-me with the following sentences??

    > I use computers to send emails. (infinitive rule)

    > I use computers for sending emails. (gerund rule)

    I know both are correct but how about these two following sentences:

    > I'm used to sleeping with the window open.

    > They object to changing their plans at this late date.

    Are the both (( to )) infinitive, gerund, or preposition???

    Thanks a lot


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    Re: Infinitive/Gerund/Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by AdeExpress View Post
    Hello teachers,
    How are things going?

    Could you please help-me with the following sentences??

    > I use computers to send emails. (infinitive rule)

    > I use computers for sending emails. (gerund rule)

    I know both are correct but how about these two following sentences:

    > I'm used to sleeping with the window open.

    > They object to changing their plans at this late date.

    Are the both (( to )) infinitive, gerund, or preposition???

    Thanks a lot
    The tricky thing about the word "to" is that it can be part of an infinitive (such as "to send,") or it can be a preposition (such as "object to",) which of course means it will be followed by a gerund. (It can also be a particle, a preposition incorporated into a phrasal verb, as in "be used to," but that's true of all prepositions.) Anyway, all four of your example sentences are correct.
    Last edited by Heterological; 30-Jun-2010 at 22:22. Reason: Forgot to close two parentheses

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    Smile Re: Infinitive/Gerund/Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by AdeExpress View Post
    Hello teachers,
    How are things going?

    Could you please help-me with the following sentences??

    1> I use computers to send emails. (infinitive rule)

    2> I use computers for sending emails. (gerund rule)

    I know both are correct but how about these two following sentences:

    3> I'm used to sleeping with the window open.

    4> They object to changing their plans at this late date.

    Are the both (( to )) infinitive3gerund, or preposition???

    Thanks a lot
    ****NOT A TEACHER****

    It is not about inf., gerunds, or prep., but with the rule?( not sure if this is the correct word) of the verb USE.
    In both 1 and 2 you´re explainig what for you use computers.
    It is USE STH. TO DO STH.
    USE STH. FOR DOING STH.

    In 3 you used USED TO and it is not a verb but an adjective(never before noun) and it is USED TO DOING STH.
    In 4,the same, the verb OBJECT, OBJECT TO DOING STH.

    Best wishes

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    Exclamation Re: Infinitive/Gerund/Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Heterological View Post
    The tricky thing about the word "to" is that it can be part of an infinitive (such as "to send," or it can be a preposition (such as "object to", which of course means it will be followed by a gerund. (It can also be a particle, a preposition incorporated into a phrasal verb, as in "be used to," but that's true of all prepositions.) Anyway, all four of your example sentences are correct.
    You are absolutely correct. Following are only illustrations of what have been explained:
    During my childhood, I used to spend a lot of time with my grandparents (Infinitive)
    You'll have to get used to driving on the right when you live there. (Gerund as object of preposition ‘to’)
    I'm not used to getting up this early. (a particle, a preposition incorporated into a phrasal verb
    .

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