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    To as infinitive marker and To as preposition

    "I want to cry."

    "I'm used to driving."

    How do I know the difference between "to" as the infinitive marker and "to" as a preposition?

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    Re: To as infinitive marker and To as preposition

    These are both infinitive markers.

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    Re: To as infinitive marker and To as preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post

    "I'm used to driving."


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    "Be used to can be followed by nouns or -ing forms (NOT infinitives)."

    -- Michael Swan in Practical English Usage (1995), entry 578 on page 605.

    Mr. Swan gives this example: "It was a long time before she was completely used to working with old people."

    Mr. Swan reminds us that "used" in this structure is an adjective.

    Therefore, I believe that we can reasonably conclude that "to" is a preposition in that sentence.
    Last edited by TheParser; 30-Nov-2014 at 15:43. Reason: spacing

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