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    #1

    used to or used for

    Hi there,

    which of the following senteces is correct?

    A. A water pump is used to carry the water up.
    B. A water pump is used for carrying the water up.

    I am not sure, but I think both of them are correct. However, I would prefert the second one. There is also the phrasal word used to + gerund, but I think it can't be used in this context. It is rather used in sentences such as: I am used to exercising a lot. Therefore, I think it would be wrong to write: A water pump is used to carrying the water up.

    Which sentence would you prefer? Is it A or B? Or are both of them correct?

    Best wishes,
    Patrick

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    #2

    Re: used to or used for

    Both are fine.

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    #3

    Re: used to or used for

    Both are grammatically OK, but A is better for technical writing.

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    Re: used to or used for

    Thanks. That was what I thougt. But I didn't know that A is better for technical/academic writing.

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    #5

    Re: used to or used for

    I say that because it is fewer syllables and sounds more natural/simpler.

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