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    to get close to

    After to 'get close to' is required an infinitive or a gerund and why?

    e.g. We were so close to winning.
    We were so close to win.

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    Re: to get close to

    What you are close to has to be a noun. A gerund is a verbal noun. So you can be either 'close to winning' or 'close to a win'.

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    Re: to get close to

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    After to 'get close to' is required an infinitive or a gerund required, and why?
    Gerund. I am afraid that the answer to the question 'Why is the gerund required? is 'Because it is.'

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    Re: to get close to

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    After to 'get close to' is required an infinitive or a gerund and why?

    e.g. We were so close to winning.
    We were so close to win.

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    (1) In your sentence, the word "to" is, I believe, a preposition.

    (a) After a preposition, you always need a noun:

    (i) close to a win. (As Teacher Bob taught us.)

    (ii) close to winning. ( A gerund, which -- as Teacher Bob reminded us -- is a kind of

    noun. For example: Nothing can keep you from (preposition) winning the race.)

    (b) Don't get confused with the "to" in the infinitive "to win." That "to" is no longer a

    "real" preposition. It is just the sign of the infinitive: TO WIN is great; I love TO WIN.

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