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    'to' - infinitive vs. proposition.

    Hello, I'm James.
    These days, usingenglish.com is really helpful to enjoy English :)
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    Here is my question.
    I want to know the differece between infinitive and 'to' preposition.

    Below example is from 'Don't sweat the smthe small stuff'.

    - When you commit to working toward this goal, ...

    Could I just say 'When you commit to work toward this goal, ..' instead of the sentence?
    I'm really confused about what the difference is.

    Please give me advice!
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: 'to' - infinitive vs. proposition.

    It can be very hard to distinguish, but try this- what is 'to' a part of? With 'want', say, we use 'to' only with a verb, and not with a noun, but with 'committed', we use 'to' with a noun as well, so it's part of 'committed' not the verb.


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    Re: 'to' - infinitive vs. proposition.

    Thanks very much, teacher Tdol :)
    I only focused on the structure of the sentence, not the meaning of the word.

    It's clear now. I appreciate your help.

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