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    gerund/particle

    I understand that “looking forward to see you” is incorrect and that it has to be “seeing”. But why? I don’t find a thorough explanation of this in any grammar book.
    'It is a good way to get (or getting) old?''
    Could someone please explain to me when exactly you have to add “ing” after “to”?
    Thank you.

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    Re: gerund/particle

    I'm not a teacher***

    To often forms an infinitive, e.g. I want to go to bed. I need to go to the bathroom first though.

    However, in your example I look forward to seeing you, to is not part of an infinitive, it's a preposition after which you can either use a noun (e.g. I look forward to your visit) or -ing.

    Other expressions that you can use this way are for example:
    - be used to
    - object to

    I'm used to going to bed late.
    He objected to having to wait for me for an hour.

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    Re: gerund/particle

    Thank you.
    But what about
    "a good way to get (or getting) old"?
    Some say both forms (get and getting) are correct here. If so, how?

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    Re: gerund/particle

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    Thank you.
    But what about
    "a good way to get (or getting) old"?
    Some say both forms (get and getting) are correct here. If so, how?
    Just In my opinion:

    1- "a good way to get old" is an odd phrase. Getting old is not something which we try to achieve! we automatically "get old".

    2- But you are right. we see both "way to + infinitive" and "way to + ...ing". I think the reason is that the meaning of "way" itself is different in those two structures. In the first one it means "method", in the second is more like a road, channel.The first structure focuses on the "intention" (to + ...), the second one on the "destination" (...ing). I think the only reliable way is to see how native speakers use these structures.

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