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    They're close to signing...

    Which one is correct?

    They're close to sign another deal with a high-profile actor.
    They're close to signing another deal with a high-profile actor.

    Would you please exlain when we can add an ''ing'' form of verbs after ''to''?

    Special thanks.

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    Re: They're close to signing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Which one is correct?

    They're close to sign another deal with a high-profile actor.

    They're close to signing another deal with a high-profile actor.

    Would you please explain when we can add an ''ing'' form of verbs after ''to''?

    Special thanks.

    The "to" in this is a prepostion relating to their (figurative) spatial relationship, and not part of a verb, and the -ing form is being used like a noun. You could understand it better as:

    They're close to (the) signing (of) another deal with a high-profile actor.

    We would be unlikely to say it that way in real life as it's very "wordy" but it might help you understand how the grammar works.

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