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    to do or to doing

    Hi there,
    Should I say "to do" or "to doing" ??
    cause I thought that after "to" you should put the infinitive verb although I heard the form "to doing" many times ..

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    #2

    Re: to do or to doing

    It depends on context.

    I want to doing something. X
    I look forward to doing something.
    I prefer doing something to doing nothing.

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    #3

    Re: to do or to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by ragheda View Post
    Hi there,
    Should I say "to do" or "to doing" ??
    cause I thought that after "to" you should put the infinitive verb although I heard the form "to doing" many times ..
    Please post a full sentence using "to doing".

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    Re: to do or to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please post a full sentence using "to doing".
    I have access to using the university library.
    Mary is accustomed to working till late at night.

    Can I say
    I have access to use the university library??
    Mary is accustomed to work till late at night?


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    #5

    Re: to do or to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It depends on context.

    I want to doing something. X
    I look forward to doing something.
    I prefer doing something to doing nothing.
    Thank you ..
    But are there certain situations when I should add "ing" ??
    How can I differentiate ?

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    Re: to do or to doing

    Quote Originally Posted by ragheda View Post
    I have access to using the university library. X
    Mary is accustomed to working till late at night.
    I have access to the university library.

    Can I say
    I have access to use the university library?? You can, but "to use" is redundant. If you have access to the library, then it would be assumed that once in there, you would use it.

    Mary is accustomed to work till late at night? X
    The relevant part here is "accustomed to". When that is used, it is followed by "verb + ing".

    The breakdown of the sentence is important.

    I like / to use / the library.
    I am accustomed to / using / the library.

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    #7

    Re: to do or to doing

    Thank you a lot emsr2d2

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