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    i have a question

    Hi, could you help me for this silly question. Just look at these following instance.


    • I don't object to working this Sunday.
    • I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
    • I'm used to working long hours.

    And the question is why we can use V-ing after to. In my restrictive knowledge, I just know that we just only use to + bare infinitive for this structure.
    Thanks

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    Re: i have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh View Post
    Hi, could you help me for this silly question. Just look at these following instance.


    • I don't object to working this Sunday.
    • I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
    • I'm used to working long hours.

    And the question is why we can use V-ing after to. In my restrictive knowledge, I just know that we just only use to + bare infinitive for this structure.
    Thanks
    Your restricted knowledge has led you to a wrong conclusion.

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    Re: i have a question

    In all of your examples, the gerund is being used as a noun, plus those verbs have to take the preposition "to" to mean anything. That is why you can use to + gerund.

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