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    to enable or enabling?

    The retired man donated most of his savings to the damaged school, enabling/to enable the students to return to their classrooms.

    Are the both of the options all right for the sentence? If they are, what is the difference in meaning between them? Thanks!

    And there is a similar sentence: Lots of rescue workers were working around the clock, sending or to send supplies to Yushu.
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    Re: to enable or enabling?

    Both (not 'the both') options are correct in each sentence, with the same meaning.

    The difference is that the commas are correct before 'enabling' and 'sending' but should be omitted before 'to enable' and 'to send'.

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    Re: to enable or enabling?

    I agree, the meaning is the same at the end of the day but I would say that each option gives a slightly greater emphasis to what they did (-ing) or why they did it (inf)

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    Re: to enable or enabling?

    I don't see the meanings as being the same at all.
    1. "The retired man donated most of his savings to the damaged school, to enable the students to return to their classrooms."
    2. "The retired man donated most of his savings to the damaged school, enabling the students to return to their classrooms."

    1. He donated the money so that the students could return to their classrooms. This explains why he donated the money.
    2. He donated the money. As a result, the students were able to return to their classrooms. The man was happy for the school to use it in any reasonable way, and might not have even known about the problem with returning to the classrooms.

    In any court of law, the difference in meaning between these sentences would be immediately apparent.
    3. The man gave his son a gun to enable him to shoot his classmates.
    4. The man gave his son a gun, enabling him to shoot his classmates.
    4. could be easily proven, but 3. would be much more difficult.

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